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VOL. <strong>40</strong> NO. 5 MAY 2024<br />

FEATURES/COVER<br />

DEPARTMENTS<br />

76 WHO’S FUNDING PROTESTS?<br />

80 GUN BATTLE IN N.C.<br />

FOUR HEROES DOWN<br />

84 METAL4VALOR<br />

“WE STAND WITH AND ALONG SIDE”<br />

242 SPECIAL INSERT:<br />

HONORING THE FALLEN/2023<br />

PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS<br />

EDITOR REX EVANS THOUGHTS<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - DOUG GRIFFITH<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - AMERICAN POLICE BEAT<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - BILL KING<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR<br />

NEWS AROUND THE US<br />

MIGRANT CRIME<br />

BREAKING NEWS<br />

CALENDAR OF EVENTS<br />

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

WAR STORIES<br />

AFTERMATH<br />

HEALING OUR HEROES<br />

DARYL’S DELIBERATIONS<br />

BLUE MENTAL HEALTH DR.<br />

LIGHT BULB AWARD<br />

ADS BACK IN THE DAY<br />

PARTING SHOTS<br />

BUYERS GUIDE<br />

ISD PD JOB LISTINGS<br />

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FOUNDER, PUBLISHER, EDITOR-N-CHIEF<br />

MICHAEL BARRON<br />

OUR TEAM<br />

OUR CONTRIBUTORS<br />

EDITOR-AT-LARGE<br />

Chief Rex Evans(Ret)<br />

SENIOR EDITOR<br />

Dr. Tina Jaeckle<br />

CREATIVE EDITOR<br />

Jessica Jones<br />

COPY EDITOR<br />

Lt. John King (Ret)<br />

OUTDOOR EDITOR<br />

Rusty Barron<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Lt. Daryl Lott (Ret)<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS<br />

Sam Horwitz & Det. John Salerno (Ret)<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Doug Griffith<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Art Woolery<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Bill King<br />

WARSTORY<br />

Michael Barron<br />

AFTERMATH<br />

Unnamed Officer’s Wife<br />

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS<br />

Joanna Putman<br />

Blake Haas<br />

Molly Farrar<br />

Stephen Owsinski<br />

Taylor Inman<br />

Mark Price<br />

Madilynne Medina<br />

Molly Walsh<br />

Pat Droney<br />

Fox News<br />

Associated Press<br />

The Law Officer & Police 1.com<br />

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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK<br />

Want more cops? Change Presidents<br />

& bring TRUMP back!!<br />

Every day, I speak with police<br />

recruiters from across the<br />

country wanting to know how<br />

they can promote their department<br />

and find new officers.<br />

As of April 30, there are<br />

an estimated 83,200 openings<br />

for police officers in the US,<br />

29,300 in Texas alone.<br />

Sure, we can place their ad<br />

in our classified section and<br />

have nearly 1.5 million readers<br />

see it. But the truth is, very<br />

few young people want to be<br />

cops. They witness defund the<br />

police daily on social media<br />

and think why I would risk my<br />

life for citizens who hate me<br />

for just wearing a uniform.<br />

And risk their life on a daily<br />

basis is a reality. This month’s<br />

issue is dedicated to the 137<br />

officers that lost their life in<br />

the line of duty in 2023. Thousands<br />

of officers along with<br />

the family and friends of these<br />

fallen officers, will gather in<br />

Washington D.C. during police<br />

week, <strong>May</strong> 12-15, to pay<br />

tribute to those that paid the<br />

ultimate sacrifice.<br />

And 2024 is going to be<br />

another tragic year for cops<br />

and first responders. We have<br />

lost 49 officers already this<br />

year. The fact is, a cop is shot<br />

in America every 48 hours, so<br />

why then would you even<br />

consider being a cop?<br />

Unfortunately, until we<br />

elect an administration<br />

that cares more about<br />

law enforcement than<br />

offending the ones doing<br />

the crimes, nothing will<br />

change. I know some people<br />

hate Trump. They would rather<br />

elect a brain-dead old man,<br />

than someone who truly cares<br />

about cops and their families.<br />

Case in point. Only last month<br />

while Trump spent the day<br />

visiting with the wife of fallen<br />

NYPD Officer Diller, Biden<br />

was holding a fund raiser<br />

with former losers Clinton<br />

and Obama. Biden didn’t even<br />

bother to call Diller’s widow<br />

and give his condolences.<br />

But he damn sure invites the<br />

families of suspects killed<br />

by police in self-defense to<br />

the Whitehouse. How many<br />

cops have been invited to the<br />

Whitehouse under the Biden<br />

administration? NONE!<br />

I can assure you one thing. If<br />

Trump is reelected, there will<br />

be a change in law enforcement<br />

in this country. When<br />

the commander in chief says<br />

he has cops’ backs and go<br />

get the bad guys and restore<br />

law and order in the streets<br />

of America, people will once<br />

again want to wear a badge.<br />

Many don’t know this. But<br />

when Trump was in office, he<br />

personally called every officer<br />

that was shot or critically<br />

injured in the line of duty. If<br />

that officer was killed, he immediately<br />

called the officers<br />

wife or husband and his or her<br />

family to offer his condolences<br />

and support. The President<br />

of the United States would<br />

stop what he was doing to<br />

comfort a fallen officer’s<br />

family. <strong>No</strong>t since Bush was in<br />

office has a sitting president<br />

done this. Neither Obama nor<br />

Biden made a single call. Say<br />

what you want about Trump,<br />

but he is 100% behind every<br />

law enforcement officer in<br />

this country.<br />

If you want to restore law<br />

and order in this country,<br />

Trump is the only choice for<br />

your next president. And if you<br />

haven’t figured it out already,<br />

The <strong>BLUES</strong> Police Magazine<br />

is supporting and endorsing<br />

Trump for President.<br />

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FROM THE EDITOR-AT-LARGE<br />

More than just a job.<br />

Fifty years is a mighty long<br />

time. Some would say: “That’s<br />

a half a Century!’ And they’d<br />

be right! A whole lot of good<br />

times and bad times can happen<br />

in that time span. Family life<br />

can change. Work can change.<br />

Friends can come and go. Our<br />

health can even get better or<br />

worse.<br />

One fella I know, Chief of<br />

Splendora, a Texas Police Department,<br />

Chief Wally Weighat,<br />

is one of the rare Law Enforcement<br />

Officers to reach the<br />

milestone of 50 years in Public<br />

Service. You read that right. Ole<br />

Wally has been a cop for more<br />

than half a century. And he’s had<br />

one hell of a run.<br />

I was just sitting around doing<br />

the math on all this. Do you<br />

know how many calls for service<br />

that comes to? How about phone<br />

calls? Return messages, E-Mails<br />

(when those came along in his<br />

career) and meetings? Meetings<br />

and oh yeah, more meetings.<br />

Let’s plan on having a few more<br />

meetings….ugggghhhhh.<br />

Then there’s all the people<br />

he met along the way. Think of<br />

all the cops he’s known. All the<br />

family and friends who’ve come<br />

and gone. The good, the bad and<br />

the ugly of it all. The hilarious<br />

and the tragic, all combined in a<br />

set of memories that could never<br />

really be truly quantified by mere<br />

numbers or words.<br />

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<strong>No</strong>w ole Wally wouldn’t ever<br />

tell anyone this, but I will.<br />

There’s many a cop out there<br />

today who owe their careers to<br />

him. Cops who’ve had some hard<br />

times like most do. But they deserved<br />

that “Second Chance” and<br />

he gave it to them. Most never<br />

squandered those opportunities.<br />

They became stellar cops who<br />

truly made a difference for every<br />

community they’ve served.<br />

I cannot begin to think I’ll make<br />

fifty years. Heck, I’m a little over<br />

35 years now and I’m ready for<br />

my afternoon nap. <strong>No</strong>t this guy.<br />

He keeps on humming along<br />

like a well-timed Harley engine.<br />

Which by the way, he still rides!<br />

Yes sir, ole Wally is one of those<br />

fellas that makes us all wonder<br />

“how is he still going like that?”<br />

Good people and good cops<br />

are mighty hard to find these<br />

days. Good Chiefs are even harder<br />

to come by. I assure you; they<br />

are not a dime a dozen. Chief<br />

Wally Weighat is not only one of<br />

the good ones, but he’s also the<br />

absolute best. A true friend to<br />

those he knows as well as those<br />

he doesn’t. He’ s one of those<br />

folks who may be a Chief but is<br />

also a great human being.<br />

Lastly and on a very personal<br />

level.<br />

There are few people like<br />

Wally Weighat, who have taken<br />

the time to listen to me, helped<br />

me, and did whatever they could<br />

for me. He was at times a true<br />

Godsend, an Angel on Earth. I am<br />

forever grateful for our friendship.<br />

Both professional and personal.<br />

My only regret would be I<br />

could I never repay the man for<br />

all he’s done for me and so many<br />

others.<br />

Chief Wally Weighat, a true<br />

Gentleman, Lawman, Family<br />

man and Friend. Happy Fifty<br />

years, buddy! God bless.


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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

Doug Griffith<br />

Investigation into the “SL” Code<br />

The men and women of the<br />

Houston Police Department have<br />

been under more pressure to<br />

perform than ever before. With<br />

the current investigation into the<br />

“SL”code, many in the upper ranks<br />

have felt that they are being made<br />

to look incompetent due to the<br />

internal investigation that is taking<br />

place. Many of the questions<br />

lead you to believe that the Lieutenants<br />

and Commanders were<br />

derelict in their duties because<br />

of the use of this code that was<br />

developed in 2016.<br />

I believe that it is important<br />

to give some background to the<br />

realities of why this code was<br />

developed. In 2014, Justex completed<br />

a manpower study that<br />

encompassed all aspects of the<br />

department. Many studies only<br />

deal with the manpower, and its<br />

impact on the patrol function.<br />

This study went deep into the<br />

department and included investigations.<br />

In this study, they said<br />

that there are many types of cases<br />

that would have to go unworked<br />

because of the staffing levels<br />

that the department was at. It<br />

was obvious from the study that<br />

we were severely understaffed,<br />

and this was ten years ago. We<br />

sounded the alarm back in 2014<br />

and you can see Ray’s address to<br />

city council in the following link:<br />

https://twitter.com/HPOUTX/status/1782475054254567669.<br />

Today, we have almost 200 less<br />

officers than we did in 2014. This<br />

code was developed soon after<br />

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this report to address cases that<br />

could not be worked. I have been<br />

banging the drum over manpower<br />

since I started at the Union and<br />

will continue to talk about how<br />

understaffed we are. We must<br />

start being honest with the public<br />

and let them know that we cannot<br />

continue to investigate every<br />

case that comes into our department.<br />

The reality is that we will<br />

be forced to actually stop running<br />

some calls for service. The department<br />

could clear out many<br />

of the calls for service for things<br />

like burglary of a motor vehicle,<br />

theft, criminal mischief, and the<br />

like with a simple memo in the<br />

call slip. There is also an ability<br />

to allow citizens to enter their<br />

own report and submit for a case<br />

number. Citizens understand that<br />

there are cases that will not be<br />

investigated but a report number<br />

is needed for insurance purposes.<br />

Explaining this to the public<br />

would have made most of the<br />

issues surrounding the unworked<br />

cases go away. <strong>No</strong> not HPD, not<br />

this administration. We must<br />

find someone to blame and hold<br />

them accountable. I say, alright,<br />

lets conduct a quick investigation.<br />

The Chief stated that he first heard<br />

about this in 2021 and advised his<br />

subordinates to have the code<br />

stopped immediately. Why was<br />

no investigation done then to see<br />

how this code found its way into<br />

Standard Operating Procedures?<br />

Why was there not an audit done<br />

to see how many and what type<br />

DOUG GRIFFITH,<br />

PRESIDENT, HPOU<br />

of cases were suspended with<br />

this code prior to 2021? Why was<br />

no follow up done to make sure<br />

the code was not still being used<br />

prior to media involvement?<br />

Since 2021, 4 supervisors have<br />

been disciplined for failure to supervise.<br />

Six Assistant Chiefs and<br />

a commander have been demoted<br />

or forced to retire for “supervisory<br />

issues”. General Order 200-08<br />

#8 under Supervisory Conduct:<br />

“Supervisors who fail to take<br />

appropriate action when they<br />

ARE AWARE or should have been<br />

aware an employee was in violation<br />

of the law or department<br />

policy shall be held accountable.”<br />

The Chief’s own statements in his<br />

press conference show that he<br />

violated General Order 200-08, by<br />

failing to act until the media became<br />

involved. Makes one wonder<br />

how many more supervisors will<br />

be cited before the Chief himself<br />

is held accountable for SUPERVI-<br />

SORY CONDUCT.


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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

American Police Beat<br />

Is cheaper always better?<br />

A town in Pennsylvania is<br />

considering closing its police<br />

department. Unsurprisingly,<br />

the union that represents the<br />

officers there isn’t crazy about<br />

the idea.<br />

The borough of Jenkintown<br />

is tiny, just over half a square<br />

mile and home to about 4,500<br />

people. Law enforcement services<br />

are provided by a small<br />

force of 10 police officers. Like<br />

any governing body, the officials<br />

there have to make and<br />

keep a budget every year, and<br />

that seems to be the driving<br />

factor behind the discussion.<br />

The Jenkintown Police Benevolent<br />

Association has been<br />

in ongoing contract negotiations<br />

with the Borough of<br />

Jenkintown. They’re not happy<br />

about the fact that there<br />

has apparently been some<br />

communication between the<br />

Borough and a neighboring<br />

government about possibly<br />

contracting with them for<br />

police services. According to<br />

a letter that the JPBA provided<br />

to local news outlet WHYY,<br />

the manager of neighboring<br />

township Abington met with<br />

officials from Jenkintown to<br />

discuss potentially contracting<br />

for policing services. How did<br />

the union in Jenkintown find<br />

out? Why, their fellow union in<br />

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Abington told them about it, of<br />

course.<br />

If this is a bit confusing to<br />

you, you’re not alone. Intergovernmental<br />

relations are often<br />

a puzzling tapestry of connections<br />

between numerous<br />

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boroughs, towns, cities and<br />

counties. When you throw in<br />

various unions and different<br />

levels of government, it can be<br />

hard to remember who’s who.<br />

The concept at play, though,<br />

is a relatively simple one. In<br />

most states, counties are responsible<br />

for providing a very<br />

basic level of local government<br />

services. Basic police<br />

protection is part of that package<br />

(usually through a sheriff).<br />

People who want more services<br />

than the county provides<br />

can pay extra taxes and form a<br />

city. Since public safety is the<br />

most basic obligation of a government<br />

toward its citizens, a<br />

police department is usually<br />

part of that package.<br />

But, as with all things, police<br />

departments cost money.<br />

In the case of Jenkintown, the<br />

Philadelphia Tribune reports<br />

that police department expenses<br />

account for over half<br />

of the small town’s budget.<br />

It’s not unheard of for cities to<br />

search for more efficient ways<br />

to fulfill that service. Some<br />

jurisdictions pay their local<br />

sheriff’s office to have deputies<br />

provide more coverage to<br />

their city than they do to the<br />

unincorporated areas of the<br />

county. Some places (like Riley<br />

County, Kansas) join together<br />

with other cities to create an<br />

entirely separate, consolidated<br />

law enforcement agency that<br />

provides services to member<br />

cities. More commonly, though,<br />

they just sign a contract with a<br />

neighboring jurisdiction. Under<br />

a contract arrangement, one of<br />

these neighboring cities would<br />

have their department police<br />

Jenkintown, in exchange for<br />

a set amount of money each<br />

year.<br />

It’s hard to argue with lower<br />

costs, but local government<br />

politics isn’t just about bottom<br />

lines. As the Jenkintown scenario<br />

shows, it usually involves<br />

a complicated web of relationships<br />

and priorities. So, what’s<br />

the JPBA’s argument against<br />

the cost-saving measure?<br />

The union president, Anthony<br />

Matteo, says it’s about quality.<br />

“We’ve created a department<br />

that’s been around, and it’s<br />

familiar with the problems of<br />

Jenkintown and the faces of<br />

our residents. You’re not going<br />

to get that with anybody else.<br />

It’s not going to happen.”


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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

Bill King<br />

Don’t Mail Checks in Window Envelopes!<br />

A couple of months ago,<br />

I wrote a check for about<br />

$200 to my pool company for<br />

the monthly maintenance. It<br />

was a computer-generated<br />

check that I mailed in a window<br />

envelope, which made<br />

it apparent that a check was<br />

enclosed. After about ten<br />

days, the check had still not<br />

cleared. I called the company<br />

and they said they had not<br />

received it. A couple of days<br />

later, the check cleared my<br />

bank twice, except the payee<br />

and the amount had been<br />

altered. Instead of being payable<br />

to my pool company for<br />

$200, the check was shown to<br />

be payable to a company and<br />

a person I had never heard of<br />

and were for a total of over<br />

$14,000.<br />

Under the Uniform Commercial<br />

Code, the person that<br />

first accepts the forged signature<br />

must bear the loss. So,<br />

in my case, my bank had to<br />

replace the funds in my account<br />

and they, in turn, were<br />

made whole by the banks that<br />

originally accepted the forged<br />

checks.<br />

But I still had to close the<br />

account and open a new<br />

account. That meant I had to<br />

order new checks and contact<br />

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all of my auto payments and<br />

deposits. And because some<br />

of those do not act immediately,<br />

e.g., the Social Security<br />

Administration, I had to work<br />

with my bank to periodically<br />

transfer funds out of<br />

the closed account. In other<br />

words, it has been a royal<br />

pain in the you know what.<br />

After doing some investigating,<br />

I discovered that what<br />

happened to me has become<br />

fairly common. The common<br />

element in many cases was<br />

that the checks had been sent<br />

in window envelopes. One law<br />

enforcement source I spoke<br />

to told me that they believe<br />

rogue postal workers are<br />

pocketing envelopes that are<br />

obviously checks and selling<br />

them to crime syndicates that<br />

are the in business of forging<br />

the checks. The Post Office<br />

maintains that most stolen<br />

checks are from thieves breaking<br />

into streetside mail dropoffs.<br />

Checks being stolen from<br />

mailboxes has become so<br />

ubiquitous in some cities,<br />

police departments like Coral<br />

Spring PD have begun posting<br />

warnings to the public on X.<br />

The checks are being deposited<br />

remotely through a phone<br />

app or at an ATM. In my case,<br />

the same check was altered<br />

two more times after the first<br />

two (four in total) and deposited<br />

in various locations,<br />

all with a different payee and<br />

amount. One organization<br />

told me that their check was<br />

deposited by a person in Las<br />

Vegas. So, this seems to be a<br />

nationwide scam operation.<br />

There are numerous media<br />

accounts in various cities.<br />

In fact, the problem has<br />

gotten so bad that last year,<br />

the Post Office advised against<br />

sending checks in the mail at<br />

all. According to their statement<br />

at the time, over 680,000<br />

checks were stolen from the<br />

mail in the previous year.<br />

In talking to the fraud department<br />

at my bank and researching<br />

the issue, these are<br />

the steps that banks and other<br />

experts most advise:<br />

Do as much banking online<br />

as possible. Use your bank’s<br />

payment site or use the direct<br />

payment with your payee, if<br />

they are a reputable institution,<br />

such as a bank or utility<br />

provider. Zelle is another<br />

option to pay, which is easy to<br />

set up and convenient. However,<br />

there has been some<br />

fraud around Zelle. There is a


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frequently attempted on Facebook<br />

Marketplace. Only use<br />

Zelle with parties you know<br />

well.<br />

Hand-written checks are<br />

harder to forge than computer-generated<br />

checks. Some<br />

believe that a line of pens<br />

known as checking-washing<br />

pens make altering the payee<br />

and amount more difficult, although<br />

some experts dispute<br />

their efficacy.<br />

If you must mail a check,<br />

mail it in a regular envelope<br />

and wrap the check in a legal-size<br />

piece of paper to<br />

make it harder to hold up to<br />

the light and see what is inside.<br />

Throw away any window<br />

envelopes you have.<br />

Do not mail any check in a<br />

streetside mailbox but go inside<br />

the post office instead.<br />

I got several calls from financial<br />

institutions where my<br />

forged check had been deposited,<br />

to confirm that I had<br />

not written the check. Frankly,<br />

I was a little dismayed with<br />

their seemingly lackadaisical<br />

attitude. Each time, I offered<br />

some information based on<br />

the investigation I had done<br />

that I thought might help<br />

identify the perpetrators. But<br />

basically, I got the “not-myjob”<br />

response.<br />

Certainly, there are things<br />

that we can do to protect ourselves,<br />

but this kind of fraud<br />

has societal costs that work<br />

their way into the cost of everything.<br />

And it seems highly<br />

likely that the ill-gotten proceeds<br />

are going to finance-organized<br />

crime operations.<br />

Hopefully, law enforcement<br />

and the financial industry will<br />

get more serious about catching<br />

some of these thieves.<br />

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that my bride has<br />

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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

Officer Involved: Dexter Reed<br />

I am still surprised at which<br />

cases the anti-police industrial<br />

complex deliberately chooses to<br />

highlight as a beacon for their<br />

“cause”. Since the vast majority<br />

of Officer-Involved-Shootings<br />

(OIS) are within law, according<br />

to department policy, and objectively<br />

reasonable - I imagine it<br />

must be a difficult task to keep<br />

this grift going.<br />

So, they are trying to make<br />

Dexter Reed the next “George<br />

Floyd”.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, the facts of this case<br />

are a mere inconvenient issue<br />

for these anti-police activists<br />

and transitioning Mr. Reed into<br />

a sympathetic victim will be an<br />

incredible magic trick. However,<br />

the mayor of Chicago (Brandon<br />

Johnson) and the mainstream<br />

media are playing along by<br />

actively ignoring objective facts<br />

and that is giving this case some<br />

wings.<br />

WHAT HAPPENED?<br />

On March 21, 2024 Chicago<br />

police officers assigned to a<br />

“tactical team” initiated a traffic<br />

stop on a vehicle that was driven<br />

by Dexter Reed. Mr. Reed was a<br />

26-year-old convicted felon and<br />

was currently out on bond for<br />

gun-related offense.<br />

During the traffic stop police<br />

officers gave Mr. Reed orders to:<br />

<strong>No</strong>t roll up the window.<br />

Exit the vehicle.<br />

Mr. Reed refused to follow<br />

20 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

those instructions and instead<br />

shot a police officer in the wrist.<br />

Mr. Reed fired a total of 11 rounds<br />

at police officers. In response,<br />

four officers fired a total of 96<br />

rounds at Mr. Reed.<br />

Mr. Reed sustained fatal injuries.<br />

The injured officer is expected<br />

to make a full recovery.<br />

ISSUES - HOW THE COPS<br />

WERE DRESSED<br />

The involved police officers<br />

were assigned to a street “tactical”<br />

team. They were not in full,<br />

traditional uniforms. They were<br />

in plainclothes wearing vests<br />

that read “POLICE” on the front<br />

and back.<br />

This is the approved “uniform”<br />

for this assignment.<br />

Chicago police officers on<br />

these assignments have worn<br />

these “uniforms” for over two<br />

decades and everyone recognizes<br />

them as police officers<br />

- especially people who live<br />

in high-crime areas. I grew up<br />

in low-crime area in Chicago<br />

(where there was not much<br />

police presence) and recognized<br />

this as how some Chicago police<br />

officers dressed.<br />

Mr. Reed knew they were police<br />

officers. It is a denial of reality to<br />

claim otherwise.<br />

THE REASON FOR THE TRAF-<br />

FIC STOP<br />

There has been much question<br />

and criticism over the reason<br />

for the traffic stop. According to<br />

COPA (civilian office of police<br />

accountability) the reason for the<br />

traffic stop was for a seatbelt<br />

violation. Police body cam does<br />

confirm that Mr. Reed was not<br />

wearing a seatbelt. Therefore,<br />

the traffic stop was legal.<br />

However, it is my opinion that<br />

the officers knew (had intel)<br />

that Mr. Reed was armed and in<br />

violation of his pretrial release<br />

conditions. And that was the real<br />

reason for the traffic stop.<br />

If true - these facts would<br />

make this a “pretextual” traffic<br />

stop - which are legal.¹<br />

HOW THE TRAFFIC STOP<br />

WAS CONDUCTED<br />

The traffic stop was conducted<br />

by the officers approaching Mr.<br />

Reed’s vehicle from the front and<br />

the side - with their guns drawn.<br />

I do question why a traditional<br />

“felony” stop was not conducted<br />

- as that may have been safer for<br />

the involved officers. However,<br />

experienced “tac” team officers<br />

that patrol Chicago’s most dangerous<br />

streets are likely in the<br />

best position to determine what<br />

is safe for this particular assignment.<br />

I am interested in their<br />

answer to this question.<br />

THE TYPE OF VEHICLES THAT<br />

THE POLICE WERE DRIVING<br />

The officers were in unmarked<br />

cars that look like regular civilian<br />

vehicles. These cars were


outfitted with blue lights - that<br />

were engaged at the time of the<br />

traffic stop.<br />

THE AMOUNT OF SHOTS<br />

FIRED<br />

Mr. Reed fired 11 shots at police.<br />

Four officers fired 96 shots in<br />

response to the deadly threat.<br />

As long as the deadly threat is<br />

still present - nothing is excessive.<br />

THE TRAFFIC STOP WAS LE-<br />

GAL.<br />

Mr. Reed refused to follow instructions<br />

from police officers to<br />

roll down the window and exit<br />

the vehicle.<br />

Mr. Reed, instead, shot a police<br />

officer.<br />

It was reasonable that police<br />

officers perceived a deadly threat<br />

and they appropriately responded<br />

with deadly force.<br />

This OIS was within the law<br />

and objectively reasonable.<br />

The involved officers should<br />

not face any criminal charges or<br />

administrative sanctions. They<br />

are heroes who are lucky to be<br />

alive.<br />

DISHONEST HEADLINES - THE<br />

TRUE VICTIM<br />

The only true victim in this<br />

case is the officer who was shot<br />

and injured by Mr. Reed.<br />

It is difficult to find any information<br />

about the officer who<br />

was shot by Mr. Reed. Typically,<br />

officers that are injured in the<br />

line of duty and/or shot by felons<br />

are identified and hailed as heroes.<br />

This officer was unlucky<br />

enough to be: Shot by Mr. Reed.<br />

Re-victimized by the insane<br />

initiative to classify Mr. Reed as<br />

some kind of martyr.<br />

**Any headline from the mainstream<br />

media that does not include<br />

the fact that Mr. Reed shot<br />

a police officer before officers<br />

returned fire is incredibly dishonest.<br />

This is part of the attempt to<br />

misinform the public about this<br />

incident.<br />

WHO WAS DEXTER REED?<br />

Mr. Reed’s family described<br />

him as a young man who was a<br />

talented high school basketball<br />

player who had ambitions of<br />

being a sports broadcaster.<br />

At the time of the shooting,<br />

Cook County court records<br />

indicate that Mr. Reed was out<br />

on pretrial release after being<br />

charged in 2023 with three<br />

counts of aggravated unlawful<br />

use of a weapon and one count<br />

of possession of a firearm with a<br />

revoked FOID card.<br />

BLM PROTESTS AFTER THIS<br />

OIS DISHONEST NARRATIVE<br />

It is understandable that the<br />

immediate family of an individual<br />

that is killed during a police<br />

shooting would be grieving,<br />

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upset, and unable to view the<br />

incident objectively. However, it<br />

is another thing for the family<br />

attorney and “friends” to make<br />

inaccurate statements in the media<br />

- without any pushback.<br />

Police officers are not permitted<br />

to publicly defend themselves<br />

- therefore it is important<br />

that honest observers report,<br />

share, and promote true information.<br />

I posted a short video on<br />

Tik Tok that directly combatted<br />

misinformation on this case. It<br />

currently has 2.3 million views.<br />

Our Tik Tok video<br />

FINAL THOUGHTS - INTENT<br />

MATTERS.<br />

The intent of the police officers<br />

was to conduct a traffic stop and<br />

possibly arrest a violent felon -<br />

who was prohibited from possessing<br />

a firearm.<br />

The intent of Mr. Reed was to<br />

violate his conditions of pretrial<br />

release and do anything necessary<br />

to escape responsibility<br />

- including shooting a police<br />

officer.<br />

My question to anyone genuinely<br />

upset with the police officers:<br />

Police officers risk their<br />

own safety by conducting traffic<br />

stops on suspects that are reportedly<br />

illegally carrying guns<br />

- isn’t that exactly what citizens<br />

want police officers to do in violent<br />

areas?<br />

The people who loudly cry<br />

about “gun control” are the same<br />

people who demonize police<br />

when they enforce gun control<br />

laws. The hypocrisy is maddening.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

PUERTO RICO<br />

Puerto Rico police agent Eliezer Ramos-Velez was shot and killed<br />

while following several suspects on off-road vehicles.<br />

Agent Eliezer Ramos-Velez<br />

was shot and killed while following<br />

several off-road vehicles<br />

whose riders had been shooting<br />

guns in the air and at passing<br />

cars along PR 26 at about 4:00<br />

am.<br />

He was on his way home from<br />

his shift, driving his personal vehicle<br />

but still in uniform, when<br />

he witnessed the motorcycle and<br />

ATV riders shooting at vehicles<br />

as they drove along the highway.<br />

Agent Ramos-Velez radioed in<br />

the event and followed the vehicle<br />

along the highway and updated<br />

dispatchers as they turned<br />

into the Sabana Abajo Housing<br />

Project along Monserrate Avenue.<br />

After dispatchers received no<br />

additional radio contact from<br />

Agent Ramos-Velez, officers located<br />

his body in the driver’s seat<br />

of his vehicle inside the housing<br />

complex. His service weapon and<br />

police radio had been stolen. The<br />

suspects remain at large.<br />

Agent Ramos-Velez had served<br />

with the Puerto Rico Police<br />

Department for 12 years. He is<br />

survived by his girlfriend and<br />

infant son.<br />

AGENT ELIEZER RAMOS-VELEZ<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

TUCSON, AZ<br />

Tucson police officer Adam Buckner was struck and killed in his<br />

patrol car while responding to a 911 call.<br />

OFFICER ADAM BUCKNER<br />

TUCSON, AZ. – A Tucson police<br />

died after he was in a crash<br />

near the University of Arizona on<br />

Sunday March 31.<br />

According to Tucson PD, the<br />

crash happened just before 10<br />

p.m. near 6th Street and Campbell<br />

Avenue.<br />

The PD said Officer Adam<br />

Buckner was driving north on<br />

Campbell with his emergency<br />

lights on as he attempted to<br />

go past a green light at 6th. At<br />

that point, an unidentified driver<br />

failed to yield the right of way<br />

and collided with Buckner’s patrol<br />

vehicle.<br />

Eyewitnesses and arriving officers<br />

attempted to revive Buckner<br />

with CPR and other medical aid<br />

until paramedics arrived.<br />

Buckner was rushed to a hospital<br />

where he later died from<br />

his injuries. He was just 31 years<br />

old.<br />

The New Orleans Police Department<br />

released a statement<br />

following Buckner’s death, stating<br />

he initially graduated from<br />

the police academy in Louisiana.<br />

“On behalf of the New Orleans<br />

Police Department, we are profoundly<br />

saddened by the tragic<br />

loss of Officer Adam Buckner, a<br />

valued member of our law enforcement<br />

family. Officer Buckner,<br />

a well liked graduate of NOPD<br />

Academy Class 183, served with<br />

distinction during his time with<br />

NOPD. Today, we also mourn his<br />

passing as an officer with the<br />

Tucson Police Department, where<br />

he continued his dedicated service.<br />

Our hearts go out to Officer<br />

Buckner’s loved ones, friends, and<br />

colleagues during this incredibly<br />

difficult time. His memory and<br />

legacy will forever be cherished<br />

within our department and beyond,”<br />

New Orleans Police Superintendent<br />

Anne E. Kirkpatrick said.<br />

Officials are continuing to investigate<br />

the accident but said<br />

the other driver suffered only<br />

minor injuries and showed no<br />

signs of impairment. <strong>No</strong> citations<br />

have been issued to the<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

MONTGOMERY, AL.<br />

Montgomery Sheriff’s Deputy Jermyius Young succumbed to injuries<br />

he received in a on-duty crash two-days prior.<br />

MONTGOMERY, AL. - A Montgomery<br />

sheriff’s deputy who<br />

was critically injured in an<br />

on-duty crash Wednesday has<br />

died from his injuries, Montgomery<br />

County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham<br />

confirmed late Friday<br />

night.<br />

Deputy Jermyius Young, 21,<br />

succumbed to his injuries while<br />

being treated at UAB Hospital in<br />

Birmingham Friday evening.<br />

“It is with great sadness and<br />

regret that Sheriff Derrick Cunningham<br />

announces the passing<br />

of Deputy Sheriff Jermyius<br />

Young, who was involved in a<br />

motor vehicle accident earlier<br />

this week. Deputy Young passed<br />

away this evening at UAB Hospital<br />

in Birmingham, Alabama,<br />

surrounded by his loving family.<br />

Deputy Young was a fine law<br />

enforcement officer. He was loyal,<br />

unselfish, and efficient.<br />

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s<br />

Office wishes to thank the<br />

firefighters/medics of the South<br />

Montgomery County <strong>Vol</strong>unteer<br />

Fire Department, Haynes Ambulance,<br />

medical personnel at<br />

Baptist South Hospital and UAB<br />

Hospital for their care of Deputy<br />

Young.<br />

Young crashed his patrol vehicle<br />

around 7 p.m. Wednesday,<br />

28 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

according to investigators with<br />

the Alabama Law Enforcement<br />

Agency, which is handling the<br />

investigation. The deputy was<br />

initially taken to Baptist Medical<br />

Center South before being transferred<br />

to UAB.<br />

ALEA investigators said the single-vehicle<br />

crash happened in<br />

the 4500 block of Hobbie Road,<br />

located in south Montgomery<br />

County, though the cause remains<br />

under investigation.<br />

Cunningham said in an interview<br />

Thursday he’d gotten the<br />

call he never wants to answer<br />

Wednesday and went to the<br />

hospital to be with the deputy<br />

and his family.<br />

“And I turned around and look,<br />

and when you see all of his<br />

coworkers there, people leaving<br />

homes, some of the people that<br />

graduated Academy with him,<br />

they’re standing there with us,”<br />

the sheriff explained. “I mean, so<br />

this is a hard time for us in law<br />

enforcement, especially when<br />

you have an incident such as<br />

this, and you know that person<br />

is in critical condition. Man is<br />

speechless. Only thing we can do<br />

is pray.”<br />

Montgomery County Commission<br />

Chairman Doug Singleton<br />

shared a statement:<br />

DEPUTY JERMYIUS YOUNG<br />

“On behalf of the Montgomery<br />

County Commission we express<br />

our sincere and heartfelt condolences<br />

to Deputy Jermyius<br />

Young’s family on the tragic<br />

passing of such a courageous<br />

young man. His bravery and devotion<br />

to serving and protecting<br />

Montgomery County will always<br />

be remembered. Deputy Young<br />

was a true hero who made the<br />

ultimate sacrifice while serving<br />

our community. Thank you to all<br />

the emergency personnel, police<br />

and armed guards who put their<br />

lives at risk for us, the general<br />

public. Your dedication in the line<br />

of duty is truly courageous and<br />

we are immeasurably indebted<br />

to you.” Young had been with the<br />

sheriff’s office since he was 18.


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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

PONTIAC, IL.<br />

Sergeant Andrew Faught, an employee of the Illinois Dept. of Corrections,<br />

was killed in a auto accident while en route to a tactical call.<br />

By Blake Haas<br />

PONTIAC, IL. – An Illinois Department<br />

of Corrections employee<br />

who spent time working at the<br />

Pontiac prison died unexpectedly<br />

last week in a car accident.<br />

According to a news release,<br />

Andrew John “Drew” Faught, 27, of<br />

Joliet passed away last Monday.<br />

For the past six years, Faught<br />

worked as an officer at Pontiac’s<br />

maximum security prison before<br />

being promoted to Sergeant.<br />

Most recently, Faught served on<br />

the IDOC Tactical Response Team.<br />

“Drew loved sports, especially<br />

his time playing football with<br />

the Morris Chiefs, and the Morris<br />

Redskins football and wrestling<br />

teams,” the McLean County Sheriff’s<br />

Office said in a social media<br />

post. “He also enjoyed weightlifting.<br />

But the most important thing<br />

to Drew was family. He was a<br />

devoted son, brother, and uncle.”<br />

The accident happened while<br />

Faught was serving as a member<br />

of the IDOC TRT Team.<br />

SGT. ANDREW FAUGHT<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

ORIENT, OH.<br />

Lt. Rodney Osborne, of the Ohio Dept. of Corrections, was shot and killed at<br />

the Corrections Training Academy in a tragic training accident.<br />

ORIENT, OH. – Lt. Rodney Osborne<br />

was fatally shot in the<br />

chest Tuesday at the firing range<br />

at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation<br />

and Correction’s prison<br />

training facility in Orient, according<br />

to 911 calls placed after<br />

the incident.<br />

One caller, who did not identify<br />

himself to a Pickaway County<br />

Sheriff’s dispatcher, said Osborne<br />

was still conscious after the<br />

shooting while bystanders performed<br />

first aid, including CPR.<br />

A second caller told a dispatcher<br />

they were loading Osborne onto<br />

a truck to drive him to the facility’s<br />

front gates to meet arriving<br />

medics.<br />

Osborne died from his injuries,<br />

but the 911 callers did not indicate<br />

how he was shot other than<br />

it occurred during training.<br />

ODRC director Annette Chambers-Smith<br />

said in a news release<br />

that the incident “appears<br />

to be a tragic accident.” The<br />

shooting is now under investigation<br />

by the Ohio State Highway<br />

Patrol.<br />

State patrol Sgt. Tyler Ross<br />

said the patrol was notified<br />

just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday<br />

about Osborne’s death during<br />

an on-duty incident. “The patrol,<br />

having jurisdiction on state<br />

property, is investigating the<br />

incident and that investigation is<br />

ongoing at this time,” Ross said<br />

in an emailed release on Tuesday.<br />

“The patrol does not have<br />

any additional information to<br />

release at this time.”<br />

Osborne was a 13-year veteran<br />

of the ODRC and was “beloved<br />

amongst his peers,” Chambers-Smith<br />

said. He was a member<br />

of the Southern Ohio Correctional<br />

Facility’s special response<br />

team and honor guard and the<br />

ODRC’s statewide Special Tactics<br />

And Response (STAR) team. Last<br />

week, Osborne was named the<br />

SOCF’s Employee of the Year.<br />

Cousin remembers Rodney Osborne<br />

as devoted to family and<br />

his work<br />

Osborne’s cousin, Pamela Osborne,<br />

said he was a family man<br />

who leaves behind three children<br />

LT. RODNEY OSBORNE<br />

and a wife.<br />

“If there was ever a perfect<br />

man, it was him,” she said in an<br />

interview Wednesday.<br />

Osborne grew up in Ashland,<br />

Kentucky, where he graduated<br />

from Paul Blazer High School<br />

in 1999. His cousin said he loved<br />

outdoor activities such as fishing<br />

and shooting guns, but family<br />

was his priority.<br />

He considered his coworkers<br />

at the Southern Ohio Correctional<br />

Facility in Lucasville, where<br />

he was called “Ozzy,” a second<br />

family and got into law enforcement<br />

to help people.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

CERESCO, NE.<br />

Veteran Nebraska police officer Ross Bartlett was killed when his patrol car<br />

was rear-ended by a pickup truck while he was parked on the shoulder.<br />

CERESCO, NE. (AP) — A veteran<br />

police officer was killed<br />

when his cruiser was struck by<br />

another vehicle after he made a<br />

traffic stop in eastern Nebraska,<br />

authorities said Saturday.<br />

The Nebraska State Patrol said<br />

in a news release that Ceresco<br />

Police Officer Ross Bartlett,<br />

54, stopped a car about a mile<br />

south of Ceresco on Highway<br />

77 about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Both<br />

vehicles were parked on the<br />

shoulder, and the driver and<br />

officer were both seated in their<br />

vehicles, when a pickup truck<br />

rear-ended the police cruiser,<br />

pushing it into the stopped car,<br />

OFFICER ROSS BARTLETT<br />

the State Patrol statement said.<br />

First responders arrived a few<br />

minutes later and found bystanders<br />

attempting to help Bartlett<br />

and the others involved in the<br />

crash. He was flown to a hospital<br />

in Lincoln, where he was pronounced<br />

dead.<br />

The driver of the car, a 27 yearold<br />

Lincoln man, suffered serious<br />

but non-life-threatening injuries.<br />

The pickup driver, a 49-year-old<br />

man from the city of Crete, was<br />

not seriously hurt.<br />

Bartlett had served since 2017<br />

as both an officer with the Ceresco<br />

Police Department and as<br />

an investigator for the Nebraska<br />

Department of Correctional<br />

Services, the State Patrol said.<br />

He also served with the Ceresco<br />

<strong>Vol</strong>unteer Fire Department. He<br />

left behind a wife and daughter.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

MEMPHIS, TN.<br />

Memphis police officer Joesph McKinney, who was shot and<br />

killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle, may have been<br />

killed by friendly fire.<br />

MEMPHIS, TN – The Shelby<br />

County District Attorney’s office<br />

said Wednesday evening that<br />

evidence indicates a Memphis<br />

Police Department officer killed<br />

in a shootout Friday was killed by<br />

friendly fire. The DA’s office said it<br />

will not be proceeding with murder<br />

charges against a 17-year-old<br />

suspect.<br />

However, the 17-year-old,<br />

who was critically injured in the<br />

shootout which left Memphis<br />

Police Officer Joseph McKinney<br />

and an 18-year-old suspect dead,<br />

has been charged with 13 felony<br />

counts, the DA’s office said in an<br />

email statement.<br />

“Although current information<br />

indicates friendly fire, we believe<br />

the 17-year-old’s reprehensible<br />

actions are still the real cause of<br />

Officer McKinney’s death. Should<br />

a legal avenue open up for additional<br />

prosecution, be assured we<br />

will pursue it,” the DA’s office said<br />

in an updated press release on<br />

the office’s website.<br />

The 17-year-old will not be<br />

named at this time because he is<br />

currently charged as a juvenile.<br />

The DA’s office said it has filed a<br />

motion to prosecute the teen as<br />

an adult moving forward.<br />

The 17-year-old is charged with<br />

attempted first-degree murder,<br />

36 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

assault against a first responder<br />

and aggravated assault in connection<br />

to the shootout. He is also<br />

charged with theft of property<br />

$10,000-$60,000, possessing a<br />

firearm during the commission or<br />

attempt to commit a dangerous<br />

felony, possession of a prohibited<br />

weapon and evading arrest.<br />

The DA’s office said the charges,<br />

should he be convicted, carry a<br />

maximum sentence of <strong>40</strong>0 years.<br />

“The charges we are pursuing<br />

against this defendant underscore<br />

the gravity of this tragic incident,”<br />

the DA’s office said in the statement.<br />

Memphis Police Department<br />

Chief Cerelyn “C.J” Davis released<br />

a statement Wednesday afternoon<br />

after the district attorney’s<br />

office disclosed the new information<br />

relating to McKinney’s death.<br />

“We continue to mourn the<br />

death of Officer Joseph McKinney,<br />

as we learn this new information,”<br />

Davis said in a statement.<br />

“The facts remain that our officers<br />

responded to a very violent<br />

encounter that resulted in Officer<br />

McKinney being fatally shot. We<br />

continue to support Officer McKinney’s<br />

family and the Memphis<br />

Police Department in honor of his<br />

valor. Please continue to pray for<br />

the family and all involved.”<br />

OFFICER JOSEPH MCKINNEY<br />

The Memphis Police Association,<br />

the union that represents<br />

most of MPD, echoed Davis’ sentiments,<br />

saying that the union will<br />

focus on McKinney’s “valor in the<br />

face of danger and the sacrifice<br />

he made for the citizens of this<br />

city.”<br />

“While the MPA, the department<br />

and this city continue to grieve<br />

the loss of Officer Joseph McKinney,<br />

we must focus on the cause<br />

of this tragic incident,” the MPA<br />

said in a press release. “Officer<br />

McKinney made the ultimate<br />

sacrifice to protect the citizens of<br />

this city from two individuals that<br />

chose to become violent when<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

SYRACUSE, NY.<br />

Two New York officers, killed in a shootout with a suspect in a<br />

Syracuse home, were identified as Syracuse Officer Michael Jensen<br />

and Onondaga Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Hoosock.<br />

38 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

LT. MICHAEL HOOSOCK<br />

Two officers slain in a shootout<br />

at a Syracuse area home late<br />

Sunday were identified by law<br />

enforcement at a news conference<br />

Monday afternoon.<br />

Syracuse Police officer Michael<br />

Jensen and Onondaga<br />

Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Michael<br />

Hoosock were killed Sunday<br />

during a shootout with the<br />

shooting suspect, Christopher<br />

Murphy.<br />

“We lost two heroes last night<br />

— two men who raised their<br />

hands to protect and serve our<br />

communities,” said Syracuse Police<br />

Chief Joseph Cecile.<br />

Jensen had been on the Syracuse<br />

Police force for a little over<br />

two years, Cecile said — “you<br />

could tell he took his responsibility<br />

seriously,” he added.<br />

Cecile noted that the Syracuse<br />

Police ranks are feeling sadness,<br />

loss and anger.<br />

“We’ll get through it as we always<br />

have — as a family,” Cecile<br />

said, adding he struggled to find<br />

words to console Jensen’s parents<br />

and sister earlier in the day.<br />

Hoosock — who leaves behind<br />

his wife and their three children,<br />

ages 3, 5 and 7 — was the bomb<br />

squad commander for the Sheriff’s<br />

Office, had experience as<br />

an EMT and was “a pillar of his<br />

community,” Onondaga County<br />

Sheriff Tobias Shelley said. “You<br />

will never find anyone who has<br />

a bad word to say about Lieutenant<br />

Hoosock.”<br />

On Sunday April 14, two Syracuse<br />

Police officers attempted<br />

to pull over a vehicle near the<br />

intersection of Emerson Avenue<br />

and Hamilton Street, on the city’s<br />

west side. The vehicle drove<br />

away, and afterwards it was<br />

determined that the vehicle was<br />

associated with a gun of some<br />

type, Cecile noted, and “the alert<br />

OFFICER MICHAEL E. JENSEN<br />

was heightened at that point.”<br />

The officers got the license<br />

plate number and traced the car<br />

to a residential address in Salina,<br />

a city suburb, on Darien Drive.<br />

Murphy, 33, and a friend had<br />

been inside the home before<br />

police arrived, Onondaga County<br />

District Attorney William<br />

Fitzpatrick said earlier on Monday.<br />

They had used cocaine and<br />

Murphy began acting erratically,<br />

grabbed a long gun or rifle and<br />

told the friend to leave, which<br />

he did, out the rear of the home,<br />

Fitzpatrick said, citing what the<br />

friend later told authorities.


Around that same time, multiple<br />

officers, including Onondaga<br />

County Sheriff’s Deputy Hoosock,<br />

arrived on the scene. The friend,<br />

who was trying to climb over a<br />

backyard fence around the home,<br />

was appended, and soon a gunfight<br />

ensued with Murphy, who<br />

allegedly fired on officers from<br />

several spots around the home.<br />

Police returned fire.<br />

Hoosock and Jensen were<br />

killed, as was Murphy. Hoosock<br />

was hit by gunfire in an adjacent<br />

yard to the east, while Murphy<br />

was firing off the deck, Shelley<br />

said, describing the shooting of<br />

Hoosock as an “ambush.” Murphy<br />

then ran to the front of the<br />

house, where Jensen was then<br />

shot.<br />

Shelley described the amount<br />

of shots fired at the scene as<br />

“too many to count” at this point<br />

in the investigation. He declined<br />

to comment on Fitzpatrick’s description<br />

of the incident, including<br />

the alleged drug use.<br />

The investigation into exactly<br />

how and why Murphy engaged<br />

with the deputy and police is<br />

ongoing, authorities said. Cecile<br />

noted that there is “something<br />

in (Murphy’s) past that may be<br />

some indicator as to why he did<br />

it,” but declined to say what. It<br />

is not mental-health related, he<br />

added.<br />

“There’s nothing routine out<br />

there for law enforcement,” he<br />

said. “At any given moment,<br />

some routine call could take<br />

their lives.”<br />

The firearm was a Springfield<br />

AR-15, police said, and the legality<br />

and ownership details of<br />

the gun remains under review,<br />

Fitzpatrick said earlier.<br />

More than 30 police officers,<br />

firefighters and other law enforcement<br />

gathered at the media<br />

briefing Monday afternoon,<br />

wearing black bands over their<br />

badges to honor their fallen colleagues.<br />

During the briefing, officials<br />

described Jensen as an ambitious<br />

young officer with an “infectiously<br />

charming” personality<br />

who lived in and worked hard to<br />

protect his beloved community,<br />

the city of Syracuse.<br />

Hoosock’s celebrated 17-year<br />

career with the sheriff’s office included<br />

a medal of valor in 2020,<br />

when he apprehended a suspect<br />

in a double shooting, adding<br />

Hoosock had just been promoted<br />

to lieutenant last June.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

HENDRICKS COUNTY, IN.<br />

Deputy Fred Fislar, with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office, was electrocuted<br />

when he came in contact with live wires while investigating a crash.<br />

DANVILLE, IN. — Funeral arrangements<br />

have been made for<br />

Hendricks County Sheriff’s Deputy<br />

Fred Fislar, who died in the<br />

line of duty April 16.<br />

Visitation and funeral services<br />

were held Sunday, April 21 at Cloverdale<br />

High School.<br />

The Hendricks County Sheriff’s<br />

Office said there was not<br />

a traditional law enforcement<br />

vehicle procession, at the request<br />

of Fislar’s family. A private burial<br />

followed the funeral service.<br />

Fislar died from injuries he<br />

received while responding to a<br />

crash on State Road 267, north of<br />

Plainfield. According to investigators,<br />

the deputy came in contact<br />

with live electrical lines while<br />

trying to provide aid to the driver<br />

in the crash.<br />

He is survived by his wife, Maddy,<br />

and their two young children,<br />

a 6-year-old boy and 6-monthold<br />

girl. Fislar is a graduate of<br />

Cloverdale High School.<br />

The Hendricks County Sheriff’s<br />

Office has established a fund to<br />

make donations to Fislar’s wife<br />

and his two young children. Donations<br />

may be made online here<br />

or by mailing a check to the Central<br />

Indiana Police Foundation<br />

at 1525 Shelby St., Indianapolis,<br />

IN 46203. Include “Deputy Fred<br />

Fislar” in the memo line of the<br />

check to identify the donation.<br />

DEPUTY FRED FISLAR<br />

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The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24 41


AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

BOISE, ID.<br />

Deputy Tobin Bolter was shot and killed as he approached a vehicle<br />

on a traffic stop in Boise.<br />

BOISE, ID. (AP) - An Idaho<br />

sheriff’s deputy died after being<br />

shot by a driver during a traffic<br />

stop, and a man believed to be<br />

the shooting suspect was later<br />

fatally shot by police, authorities<br />

said Sunday.<br />

Deputy Tobin Bolter, 27, was<br />

shot as he approached the driver’s<br />

window at about 9 p.m. Saturday<br />

in Boise, and the suspect<br />

took off, Ada County Sheriff Matt<br />

Clifford said Sunday. Bolter was<br />

the first sheriff’s deputy in the<br />

county to be killed in the line of<br />

duty, Clifford said.<br />

Boise police found the shooting<br />

suspect’s vehicle unoccupied<br />

about a half hour after the<br />

shooting, and found a man believed<br />

to be the suspect outside<br />

a home, Boise Police Chief Ron<br />

Winegar said.<br />

The police’s tactical unit responded<br />

and tried for some time<br />

to get the man to surrender,<br />

Winegar said. Some nearby residents<br />

were told to evacuate but<br />

others in the area were warned<br />

to stay inside, he said.<br />

Shortly after midnight the man<br />

fired at officers, and one officer<br />

returned fire and shot him, Winegar<br />

said. The officers gave him<br />

aid but he was pronounced dead<br />

42 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

after being taken to a hospital,<br />

he said.<br />

The man’s name has not been<br />

released but authorities said he<br />

was 65 years old and wanted for<br />

arrest for a misdemeanor.<br />

A person who saw the shooting<br />

during the traffic stop called 911<br />

and performed CPR on the deputy<br />

before an ambulance arrived,<br />

Clifford said. Another deputy on<br />

the way to the scene was involved<br />

in a crash with another<br />

vehicle, and both the deputy and<br />

the other driver were taken to<br />

the hospital, Clifford said. The<br />

deputy was in stable condition<br />

Sunday but the condition of the<br />

other person has not been released.<br />

At an emotional press conference<br />

shortly after Bolter passed<br />

away at the hospital, Clifford<br />

thanked the paramedics and the<br />

citizen who stopped to help the<br />

deputy.<br />

“I think it goes to show what<br />

kind of community we live in<br />

where there are evil people that<br />

will do evil things but there are<br />

good people that help us and<br />

come to our aid,” he said.<br />

Bolter had worked in law<br />

enforcement for seven years<br />

but had only joined the sheriff’s<br />

DEPUTY TOBIN BOLTER<br />

office in January, Clifford said.<br />

Before that he worked for the<br />

Meridian Police Department as<br />

well as California’s Pleasant Hill<br />

Police Department.<br />

Idaho Gov. Brad Little ordered<br />

United States and Idaho flags to<br />

be lowered to half-staff in honor<br />

of Bolter.<br />

“Our hearts break for the family,<br />

loved ones, and law enforcement<br />

colleagues of Deputy Tobin<br />

Bolter,” Little said in a statement.<br />

“Day in and day out, our<br />

brave men and women in blue<br />

put themselves in harm’s way to<br />

protect us and keep our communities<br />

safe. Idaho is grieving this<br />

devastating loss.”


The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24 43


AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

CHICAGO, IL.<br />

Off-duty Chicago officer Luis Huesca was shot to death in Gage<br />

Park while he was driving home from his shift.<br />

44 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

CHICAGO, IL. - Off-duty Chicago<br />

Police Officer Luis Huesca<br />

was shot to death on the Southwest<br />

Side early Sunday morning,<br />

CPD said.<br />

CPD Supt. Larry Snelling said<br />

the shooting happened in the 8th<br />

Police District as the uniformed<br />

officer was heading home from<br />

his shift.<br />

Officers responded to a gunshot<br />

detection alert in the 5500<br />

block of South Kedzie Avenue the<br />

city’s Gage Park neighborhood<br />

just before 3 a.m., Snelling later<br />

said in a statement. The officers<br />

toured the area and drove to the<br />

3100 block of West 56th Street,<br />

where they found the off-duty<br />

officer, who had been shot multiple<br />

times.<br />

The officer’s vehicle had been<br />

taken from the scene, police<br />

officials said.<br />

During a press conference later<br />

Sunday morning, Snelling said<br />

the 30-year-old officer was taken<br />

to the University of Chicago<br />

Medical Center, where he was<br />

pronounced dead.<br />

“He was a great officer,” Snelling<br />

said. “A great human being,<br />

and his family is dealing with a<br />

lot right now.”<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Brandon Johnson released<br />

a statement, identifying<br />

the officer as Luis M. Huesca of<br />

the 5th District’s Priority Response<br />

Team.<br />

A candle-light vigil was held<br />

Sunday night outside of Officer<br />

Huesca’s home. A large crowd,<br />

including multiple police officers,<br />

gathered to pay their respects to<br />

Huesca.<br />

People who live near the scene<br />

of the shooting in Gage Park said<br />

they heard the shots fired and are<br />

devastated now, knowing what<br />

happened.<br />

“It’s just really sad how the<br />

community has said... a cop<br />

dying and he was really young,”<br />

resident Kimberly Belacco said.<br />

“It’s something that we need to<br />

change.”<br />

A YouTube video posted by the<br />

Chicago Police Department last<br />

year shows Officer Luis Huesca<br />

paying tribute to Officer Andrés<br />

Vásquez Lasso, who was shot<br />

and killed in the line of duty.<br />

“This is not a symbol of us<br />

versus them. I hate injustices and<br />

lawlessness as well. That’s why<br />

I became a cop,” Officer Huesca<br />

said in the video.<br />

Huesca had served with the<br />

department for six years, Snelling<br />

said. He was just two days<br />

OFFICER LUIS HUESCA<br />

shy of his 31st birthday.<br />

Police said a ShotSpotter alert<br />

near 55th Street and Kedzie Avenue<br />

alerted them to the shooting.<br />

Superintendent Snelling said Huesca<br />

was still in his CPD uniform<br />

when he was killed, though it<br />

may have been covered up.<br />

“The officer’s vehicle was taken,<br />

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of what happened, we need<br />

more information,” Snelling said.<br />

The vehicle appeared to have<br />

been located hours later, less<br />

than a half-mile away in an<br />

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Mozart. Officers blanketed that<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX.<br />

Corpus Christi police officer Kyle Hicks was responding to a domestic<br />

disturbance when one of the suspects fired at officers and struck<br />

Hicks who ultimately died from his injuries.<br />

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX.— A Corpus<br />

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duty on 12:32AM, Saturday April<br />

20.<br />

Officer Hicks was responding<br />

to a domestic disturbance<br />

call at 12:32 a.m. Saturday at<br />

the 5<strong>40</strong>0 block of Burnham. At<br />

the location a man and woman<br />

were involved in a disturbance<br />

with shots fired.<br />

When officers responded to<br />

the call, a 26 year-old-man<br />

was at the door and shot one of<br />

the officers.<br />

An assisting officer shot back<br />

at the suspect, according to<br />

Corpus police. The man died at<br />

the scene.<br />

Hicks, who sustained life<br />

threatening injuries and despite<br />

the efforts of a great team of<br />

doctors and nurses, passed<br />

away on April 24.<br />

“We mourn the loss of a great<br />

husband, father, brother, son,<br />

friend and co-worker,” a Facebook<br />

post on the department’s<br />

page states.<br />

It is with a heavy heart that<br />

46 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

we announce to our Police<br />

Family and the Corpus Christi<br />

Community the passing of<br />

Officer.<br />

The department asks for privacy<br />

for his family and states in<br />

the post that in his last act of<br />

service, Hicks’ organs will be<br />

donated.<br />

Corpus Christi <strong>May</strong>or Paulette<br />

Guajardo released a statement<br />

Wednesday evening:<br />

This evening, the entire City<br />

of Corpus Christi is grieving the<br />

loss of a brave public servant,<br />

Officer Kyle Hicks who lost his<br />

life protecting our community.<br />

Officer Hicks will forever be<br />

remembered as a hero to the<br />

people of Corpus Christi for his<br />

bravery in the line of duty.<br />

As <strong>May</strong>or, I am asking our<br />

community to please join me<br />

and my family in prayer for his<br />

family and fellow police officers.<br />

The death of Officer is a<br />

stark reminder of the life-anddeath<br />

risks law enforcement<br />

officers face every day. We will<br />

forever remember Officer Hicks<br />

and the City of Corpus Christi<br />

OFFICER KYLE HICKS<br />

will continue to support our<br />

courageous police officers in<br />

protecting our city. <strong>May</strong> God<br />

bless and keep Officer Kyle<br />

Hicks.<br />

The man who shot and ultimately<br />

killed Hicks was identified<br />

as 26-year-old Colton<br />

Foster. He was shot and killed<br />

at the scene by officers responding<br />

with Hicks.<br />

Hicks, who had been with<br />

the department for two years,<br />

leaves behind a wife and four<br />

children.


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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

HARRIS CNTY, TX.<br />

Harris County Investigator John H. Coddou was struck killed by a vehicle<br />

while investigating a crash scene on the Grand Parkway in West Houston.<br />

HARRIS COUNTY, TX. — Harris<br />

County Sheriff’s Deputy John H.<br />

Coddou, was hit and killed by a<br />

truck on Tuesday April 23, after<br />

stopping to help with a crash<br />

on the Grand Parkway in West<br />

Houston.<br />

Coddou, 50, was a 20-year<br />

veteran of the sheriff’s office<br />

after joining the agency in October<br />

2003.<br />

Around 9:30 a.m., a call came<br />

in about a minor crash along the<br />

Grand Parkway near Cumberland<br />

Ridge Drive in the Cypress<br />

area. Coddou, who was nearby,<br />

turned on his emergency lights<br />

and pulled up to the grassy area<br />

in the center median where the<br />

crashed vehicles were.<br />

A white Chevrolet 2500 was<br />

nearing Coddou’s patrol vehicle<br />

and attempted to swerve to<br />

avoid it. Still, the Chevrolet hit<br />

Coddou despite Coddou trying<br />

to get out of the way, the sheriff<br />

said.<br />

Life Flight was called to take<br />

Coddou to the hospital where he<br />

later died.<br />

The driver of the Chevrolet<br />

remained on scene to cooperate<br />

with the investigation. It’s<br />

unknown if any charges will be<br />

filed.<br />

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Coddou wasn’t a patrol deputy.<br />

He worked under HCSO’s Violent<br />

Crimes Unit.<br />

“It wasn’t his regular assignment<br />

that day to be on patrol,”<br />

Sheriff Gonzalez said. “He’s an<br />

investigator but he saw community<br />

members in need.”<br />

Deputy Coddou served his<br />

country before the county. He<br />

was in the U.S. Army before<br />

joining HCSO. He first joined the<br />

agency as a detention officer in<br />

2003 before becoming a deputy<br />

in 2005.<br />

The sheriff said he was very<br />

well-liked and a “phenomenal<br />

individual.”<br />

He leaves behind a wife.<br />

“It is a sad day in Harris County<br />

as we mourn the loss of a deputy<br />

who died in the line of duty. We<br />

share our sorrow with his family<br />

& his extended family, the women<br />

& men who put their lives on<br />

the line every day to keep our<br />

county safe,” the sheriff said on<br />

X.<br />

UPDATE<br />

According to a traffic report<br />

from the Harris County Sheriff’s<br />

Office, the striking driver was<br />

talking on his cellphone handsfree<br />

while approaching the area<br />

and engaged in a “faulty evasive<br />

DEPUTY JOHN H. CODDOU<br />

action” to avoid hitting Coddou’s<br />

vehicle, Fox News Digital<br />

reported.<br />

By doing that, he drove into<br />

the center grassy median that<br />

was dividing the northbound<br />

and southbound lanes, which<br />

was where Coddou was standing.<br />

The deputy was struck by the<br />

front right area of the truck, the<br />

report said.<br />

The investigation of the traffic<br />

fatality remains ongoing by the<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s<br />

Vehicular Crimes Division.


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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

BELLERICA, MA.<br />

Sergeant Ian Taylor was struck and killed by a piece of construction<br />

equipment while working an overtime assignment.<br />

By Molly Farrar<br />

A Billerica police officer<br />

was killed while serving in a<br />

construction detail on Friday,<br />

prompting an outpouring of support<br />

for the department over the<br />

weekend.<br />

Sergeant Detective Ian Taylor,<br />

49, was struck by an excavator<br />

that was backing up at the construction<br />

site on Boston Road,<br />

the Middlesex County DA Marian<br />

Ryan and Billerica Police Chief<br />

Roy Frost said Friday.<br />

Ryan said at a press conference<br />

Friday that Taylor was directing<br />

a tractor trailer around the site<br />

when the excavator struck him.<br />

Taylor was transported to Lahey<br />

Hospital in Burlington where<br />

he died, officials said. The incident<br />

is under investigation by the<br />

Occupational Safety and Health<br />

Administration, and the DA and<br />

local enforcement said they will<br />

also be investigating.<br />

Frost said on Friday that Taylor<br />

was a 21-year law enforcement<br />

veteran who joined the Billerica<br />

department in 2011. He spent<br />

time working with a federal drug<br />

task force and continued that<br />

work in Billerica as a lead member<br />

of the Substance Awareness<br />

and Prevention Team.<br />

Frost said Taylor leaves behind<br />

a loving family including his<br />

wife and children. The Greg Hill<br />

Foundation started a fundraiser<br />

to support the Taylors, heftily<br />

surpassing the $5,000 goal. As<br />

of Sunday evening, community<br />

members had raised more than<br />

$23,000.<br />

“Every single one of the officers<br />

that work with Ian love him,<br />

love him like a brother,” Frost<br />

said. “Sergeant Taylor made an<br />

impact while he was here. His<br />

life had meaning. He’s helped so<br />

many people. He’s saved so many<br />

people.”<br />

Police held a procession to<br />

transport Taylor from the Medical<br />

Examiner’s Office in Boston<br />

SERGEANT IAN TAYLOR<br />

on Sunday afternoon. The procession<br />

traveled on 93 <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

before officers went through<br />

Billerica and headed to a funeral<br />

home in Methuen.<br />

Billerica police held a vigil<br />

to honor Taylor Sunday night.<br />

Members of the public could celebrate<br />

Taylor’s life in the courtyard<br />

of Billerica Memorial high<br />

School starting at 6 p.m.<br />

“When a police officer is killed,<br />

it’s not an agency that loses an officer,<br />

it’s an entire nation.”<br />

Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

DUBACH, LA.<br />

Dubach police officer Russell Croxton, was killed Saturday April 27<br />

while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 167 in Louisiana.<br />

A Dubach police officer was<br />

killed Saturday afternoon when<br />

he was struck by an 18-wheeler<br />

while conducting a traffic stop.<br />

Russell Croxton, 51, of Dubach,<br />

was a recent addition to the<br />

Dubach Police Department. He<br />

had served some years ago as<br />

Dubach’s chief of police, and<br />

more recently, as a police officer<br />

with the Louisiana Tech University<br />

Police Department.<br />

Louisiana State Police, the<br />

Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office,<br />

and Ruston Ambulance Service<br />

responded to the scene shortly<br />

before 1:00 p.m. Saturday.<br />

According to Louisiana State<br />

Police, Croxton had stopped a<br />

2014 Ford Explorer on U.S. 167<br />

just south of Hamilton Road for<br />

a traffic violation when his 2020<br />

Chevrolet patrol truck and the<br />

stopped motorist’s vehicle were<br />

struck by an 18-wheeler.<br />

LSP said Croxton had exited his<br />

vehicle and was standing next to<br />

the driver’s side window of the<br />

Explorer speaking to the stopped<br />

driver. A 2022 Peterbilt commercial<br />

motor vehicle, driven by<br />

61-year-old Michael Sutterfield<br />

of Russellville, Arkansas, was<br />

traveling north on U.S. 167 in the<br />

right lane. For reasons still under<br />

investigation, Sutterfield failed to<br />

move from the right lane to yield<br />

to the stopped patrol vehicle. As<br />

a result, the 18-wheeler struck<br />

the rear of the Chevrolet, causing<br />

it to rotate to the right. After<br />

striking the Chevrolet, Sutterfield’s<br />

vehicle continued north<br />

and struck Officer Croxton before<br />

striking the Ford Explorer.<br />

Officer Croxton was transported<br />

to an area hospital, where<br />

he later died. Sutterfield and<br />

the driver of the Ford were both<br />

properly restrained and uninjured.<br />

Although impairment is<br />

not suspected, routine toxicology<br />

samples were collected and will<br />

be submitted for analysis. The<br />

crash remains under investigation<br />

by LSP.<br />

OFFICER RUSSELL CROXTON<br />

Officer Croxton was a young<br />

child when his father, Ruston<br />

Police Sergeant Raymond Croxton,<br />

was killed in a single-vehicle<br />

patrol car crash in <strong>May</strong> 1978.<br />

Sgt. Croxton was believed to<br />

have been in pursuit of a violator<br />

at the time of the crash. Russell<br />

Croxton had told fellow Lincoln<br />

Parish law officers that the death<br />

of his father served as an impetus<br />

in his pursuit of a career as a<br />

law enforcement officer.<br />

“When a police officer is killed,<br />

it’s not an agency that loses an officer,<br />

it’s an entire nation.”<br />

Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

ST. JOHNS CNTY, FL.<br />

Sheriff lauds new pro-police laws, declares Florida ‘The<br />

Most Law Enforcement Friendly State in the Country.’<br />

By Stephen Owsinski<br />

While other jurisdictions<br />

steamroll the law enforcement<br />

community and gleefully hand<br />

out gift baskets to bona fide<br />

criminals, Florida has passed<br />

even more legislative acts that<br />

support cops in their official duties<br />

of serving justice by locking<br />

up violators who hinder cops.<br />

With this, it is unlawful to<br />

impede, threaten, or harass first<br />

responders.<br />

On April 12, 2024, Florida Governor<br />

Ron DeSantis signed into<br />

law a few more bills that pillar<br />

police personnel doing a job that<br />

has become a target for loons in<br />

society, with those bravely wearing<br />

justice badges finding themselves<br />

in the reticles of rebellions<br />

armed with weaponry and vitriol<br />

spewed by antithetical sorts polluting<br />

the air with public safety-oppressing<br />

nonsense.<br />

St. Johns County Sheriff Robert<br />

A. Hardwick, a 30-year seasoned<br />

law enforcement officer whose<br />

entire career spanned several<br />

public safety agencies in Florida,<br />

took to the podium and praised<br />

the latest foray of pro-police<br />

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legislation, proudly declaring<br />

that his state is “the most law<br />

enforcement friendly state in the<br />

country.”<br />

Here is what he was touting…<br />

A St. Johns County Sheriff’s<br />

Office press release cited Senate<br />

Bill 184, which “prohibits the<br />

harassment of a police officer<br />

or first responder who are on the<br />

job. This law applies to any person<br />

who is given a verbal warning<br />

not to approach an officer<br />

and who disobeys with the intent<br />

to harm, harass, or interfere with<br />

their official duties. Anyone who<br />

does will be charged with a second-degree<br />

misdemeanor.”<br />

The pointed verbiage in that<br />

statement more than hints at the


throngs of cell-phone-wielding<br />

individuals who somehow always<br />

manage to be Johnny-onthe-spot<br />

and stick their nose in<br />

official police actions that more<br />

often entail potential dangers…<br />

only increased by the distractions<br />

posed by typically anti-cop sorts.<br />

In other words, those who<br />

interfere in official police duties<br />

will be seated in the back of<br />

patrol cruisers, right alongside<br />

those whose arrests they made<br />

their business, thus creating<br />

heaps of extra hardships upon<br />

the backs of LEOs.<br />

“With the signing of Senate Bill<br />

184, it simply puts the exclamation<br />

point behind what ‘Back the<br />

Blue’ truly means in the State of<br />

Florida. You never know what<br />

you can encounter when responding<br />

to a call for service,”<br />

Sheriff Hardwick said. “What this<br />

does is it sets up that boundary,<br />

the protective area around us so<br />

we can do our jobs.”<br />

He is referring to that boundary<br />

that has been largely dissolved<br />

by jurisdictions seated at the<br />

pro-criminal table, the same table<br />

that has since been upturned<br />

by the glaring crimes being committed,<br />

compelling some proponents<br />

of justice reforms to sit<br />

uncomfortably in their respective<br />

chairs. Unfortunately for them,<br />

the table napkins are saturated<br />

with the blood from their hands.<br />

Another portion of the St.<br />

Johns County Sheriff’s Office<br />

press release entailed House Bill<br />

601, which “prevents anti-police<br />

activists from bringing extra judicial<br />

investigations against law<br />

enforcement. The bill also addresses<br />

Civilian Oversight Boards<br />

to ensure it’s comprised of members<br />

who are appointed by the<br />

sheriff or chief of police. The bill<br />

also ensures misconduct allegations<br />

are investigated by those<br />

properly trained and increases<br />

all county sheriffs’ base salaries<br />

by $5,000 for each population<br />

group.”<br />

A line included in the legislation<br />

having to do with (do away<br />

with) denounces boards judging<br />

cops and police actions with<br />

zero experience to justify doing<br />

so. It reads: “prohibiting a political<br />

subdivision from adopting<br />

or attempting to enforce certain<br />

ordinances relating to the receipt,<br />

processing, or investigation<br />

of complaints against law enforcement<br />

officers or correctional<br />

officers, or relating to civilian<br />

oversight of law enforcement<br />

agency investigations of complaints<br />

of misconduct by such<br />

officers.”<br />

While fresh ink dries, House<br />

Bill 601 will take effect on July<br />

1, <strong>2024.</strong> Senate Bill 184 will take<br />

effect on January 1, 2025.<br />

With House Bill 601 comprising<br />

monetary allocation besides<br />

increased legislative backing<br />

for Sunshine State cops, it is<br />

no wonder that the 67-county<br />

largely coastal landscape<br />

is welcoming hordes of public<br />

safety professionals who sought<br />

greener pastures: Laterals are<br />

leaving domains where they are<br />

oppressed and not wanted.<br />

House bills bolstering law enforcement<br />

officers are what likely<br />

influence cops in states considered<br />

doomed to relocate and<br />

become lateral hires, allowed to<br />

perform the public safety feats<br />

that they trained for, without being<br />

hampered by ridiculous softon-crime<br />

policies that endanger<br />

everyone, written by so-called<br />

leaders whose favorite color is<br />

not blue.<br />

The litany of municipal police<br />

departments in Florida has<br />

also seen their ranks grow with<br />

already-certified and experienced<br />

cops relocating, rooting<br />

homesteads, and joining public<br />

safety forces…feeling supported<br />

and aided by relocation expenses<br />

offered by the state government.<br />

When newly arrived pre-certified<br />

cops from other states<br />

apply and get accepted by a law<br />

enforcement agency in Florida,<br />

an abbreviated program known<br />

as “Comparable Compliance”<br />

entails academy attendance and<br />

coursework mostly in the state’s<br />

laws and law enforcement lingo<br />

(numerical codes) which often<br />

differs from other states.<br />

Once found to be up to snuff<br />

with Florida’s culture of LEOs<br />

and learn the hiring agency’s<br />

geographical jurisdiction, outof-state<br />

cops are sworn in and<br />

endure a field training program<br />

overseen and documented by a<br />

field training officer (FTO). Generally,<br />

experienced cops from<br />

elsewhere glide through the<br />

training protocols and are then<br />

“cut loose” to perform police<br />

duties in compliance with the<br />

state’s Criminal Justice Standards<br />

and Training Commission.<br />

“We’re blessed in St. Johns<br />

County where we have this partnership<br />

and relationship with our<br />

community that stands behind<br />

the blue, just like you Governor<br />

[DeSantis], and that being said,<br />

this simply gives us the law and<br />

gives us that latitude for enforcement<br />

if someone doesn’t<br />

want to listen and doesn’t want<br />

to pay attention as we continue<br />

to do our jobs.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

LINCOLN CNTY, MT.<br />

A.L.E.R.T. air ambulance staff provided comfort for<br />

highway patrol trooper after grisly injury.<br />

By Taylor Inman<br />

LINCOLN COUNTY, MT. — Gravely<br />

injured after being struck by<br />

the vehicle of a fleeing suspect<br />

in a remote stretch of Lincoln<br />

County last year, Montana Highway<br />

Patrol Trooper Lewis Johnson<br />

felt a wave of relief when he<br />

learned an A.L.E.R.T. air ambulance<br />

was en route.<br />

Johnson was familiar with<br />

the helicopter’s crew and had<br />

seen them in action. They had<br />

responded to calls he had been<br />

sent on as a trooper, typically<br />

vehicle accidents. Johnson knew<br />

that the air ambulance represented<br />

the fastest way to get<br />

him into critical care.<br />

What he didn’t know was that<br />

there was a crowd of fellow law<br />

enforcement officers and Logan<br />

Health staff alike waiting for him<br />

to arrive in Kalispell.<br />

“I don’t remember a whole lot<br />

about the helicopter ride, just<br />

the take off and the landing,”<br />

Johnson said. “And then there’s<br />

just an unbelievable amount of<br />

law enforcement at the hospital<br />

that greeted me between the<br />

A.L.E.R.T. helipad and entrance to<br />

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the emergency room.”<br />

His experience with their team<br />

was highlighted during the 46th<br />

annual A.L.E.R.T. banquet held in<br />

Kalispell in <strong>May</strong>. It’s a fundraising<br />

event for the service that has<br />

responded to more than 20,000<br />

calls since its inception in 1975.<br />

Kate Johnson, Lewis’ wife and<br />

fellow Highway Patrol trooper,<br />

was able to see him right before<br />

the air ambulance took him to<br />

Kalispell. She didn’t know the extent<br />

of his injuries, but could see<br />

he had suffered trauma to his<br />

face. She could also see where<br />

the tire went over his torso, she<br />

said.<br />

They later learned that Lewis’<br />

T7 vertebrae had been dislocated,<br />

and it wasn’t immediately<br />

clear if he’d be able to walk<br />

again. His left shoulder and all<br />

but two of his ribs were broken;<br />

his right lung, liver and stomach<br />

were all in bad shape, too.<br />

Kate Johnson prayed along the<br />

way to Kalispell, hoping that her<br />

husband’s vitals would remain<br />

stable during the flight. She had<br />

recently worked with flight nurse<br />

and medic Reece Roat and Leon<br />

DeJong and knew they were doing<br />

everything they could for her<br />

husband.<br />

“One instance was on a pretty<br />

difficult call with an intoxicated<br />

male and those two just<br />

took charge, so I was confident<br />

in their abilities,” Kate Johnson


said. “But so many times we send<br />

people in a helicopter and their<br />

vitals just tank, so I was just really<br />

worried if Lewis would stay<br />

stable.”<br />

Staff at Logan Health in Kalispell<br />

knew Lewis Johnson was on<br />

his way and were prepared to<br />

jump to action upon his arrival.<br />

Critical care physician and nocturnal<br />

intensive Bethany Weiler<br />

said that there was additional<br />

urgency behind the situation given<br />

his status as a trooper.<br />

“There is a long and deep relationship<br />

between law enforcement<br />

and health care workers,<br />

and a sense of duty to each other<br />

in times of crisis, and we especially<br />

wanted to ensure that our<br />

staff was ready and equipped to<br />

deliver excellent care to Trooper<br />

Johnson,” Weiler said in a statement.<br />

Kate Johnson said the family<br />

received the staff’s full attention<br />

and support as they navigated<br />

her husband’s recovery. Friend<br />

and Logan Health Surgical Services<br />

Lead Marsha Lyles was<br />

waiting for them to arrive that<br />

night. Lyles is tied deeply into the<br />

law enforcement community;<br />

her husband is a lieutenant with<br />

Montana Motor Carrier Services,<br />

her son works as a corrections<br />

officer and her daughter serves<br />

as a Montana Highway Patrol<br />

trooper.<br />

“She knows a lot of people,<br />

a lot of different doctors. So<br />

she ultimately just coordinated<br />

everything for us and got us in<br />

touch with the right people —<br />

she was there every day and any<br />

questions I had she would get<br />

them answered,” Kate Johnson<br />

said. “I mean, I would go home<br />

at the end of the night, I would<br />

worry about Lewis and she<br />

would show up early and check<br />

on him and give me a report. So<br />

that was wonderful to have her.”<br />

She remembered how Dr. Erik<br />

Peltz sat down at one point to<br />

draw out her husband’s internal<br />

cavity on a whiteboard to better<br />

explain what was happening<br />

while Lewis Johnson was in a<br />

three-day coma following the<br />

incident. He followed up a few<br />

days later to walk the family<br />

through where they were at with<br />

each of his injuries.<br />

Lewis Johnson said everyone<br />

on his care team at Logan Health<br />

was great.<br />

“From the doctors and nurses<br />

to the people cleaning the room,<br />

they all were incredible. I never<br />

felt like they were just putting<br />

in time. It really felt like they<br />

cared,” he said.<br />

Lewis Johnson remained at<br />

Logan Health until Feb. 28 , when<br />

he was transferred to Craig Hospital<br />

in Denver for their neurological<br />

specialty care program.<br />

A procession of law enforcement<br />

vehicles guided him from<br />

Logan Health in Kalispell to the<br />

A.L.E.R.T. plane at Glacier Park<br />

International Airport . The air<br />

ambulance service also provides<br />

a fixed wing aircraft to taxi patients<br />

to out-of-state hospitals.<br />

Kate Johnson said they requested<br />

that Roat and DeJong<br />

were on that flight with them to<br />

Denver, and the A.L.E.R.T. team<br />

made it happen, even accommodating<br />

their son Ryder, letting<br />

him sit next to his dad for the<br />

flight.<br />

“They’re the only guys I want<br />

flying Lewis and you know<br />

they’re so professional. They<br />

showed up the day before and<br />

just clearly outlined what we<br />

could expect, how and what we<br />

needed to prepare. They also<br />

made it possible for Ryder and I<br />

to be on the flight so we did not<br />

have to fly commercial,” Kate<br />

Johnson said.<br />

She said the team helped<br />

keep the family at ease while<br />

they looked ahead toward Lewis<br />

Johnson’s long road to recovery.<br />

“After we landed in Denver, the<br />

pilot Pete comes back and he’s<br />

interacting with our son and he<br />

gives Ryder a hat. So now we<br />

joke that pilot Pete is our personal<br />

pilot,” Kate Johnson said.<br />

“They had taken what was a very<br />

scary, traumatic experience and<br />

just turned it into a beautiful<br />

story, that they got us to our final<br />

destination quickly, safely and<br />

kept us together.”<br />

The A.L.E.R.T. team’s care<br />

of Lewis solidified what Kate<br />

Johnson knew to be true of the<br />

ambulance service — that their<br />

speed and attention to detail<br />

saves lives. She said she’s seen<br />

them land on a scene before a<br />

ground ambulance arrives, time<br />

saved that is particularly important<br />

when they are responding to<br />

calls in remote areas.<br />

“If it’s in the West Kootenai, if<br />

it’s down Montana 37, they can<br />

be there in 20 to 30 minutes, it’s<br />

impressive,” Kate Johnson said.<br />

“The patient gets loaded up as<br />

quickly as possible and sometimes<br />

they make it back to Logan<br />

Health , rolling into an ER within<br />

60, 70, 80 minutes, which is kind<br />

of unheard of given how remote<br />

the greater Eureka area is.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

CARSON CITY, NV.<br />

DHS reveals that the suspect in the crash that killed Nevada Senator’s<br />

aide, is an illegal immigrant.<br />

CARSON CITY, NV. - A tragic<br />

car crash in Nevada has taken a<br />

troubling turn, revealing unsettling<br />

details about the suspect<br />

involved.<br />

On April 6, a collision claimed<br />

the life of Kurt Englehart, an adviser<br />

to Senator Catherine Cortez<br />

Masto (D-Nev). The other driver<br />

involved, 18-year-old Elmer Rueda-Linares,<br />

was swiftly arrested.<br />

Originally accused of felony<br />

hit-and-run, Rueda-Linares now<br />

faces charges of failing to stop<br />

at the accident scene.<br />

However, the situation escalated<br />

when it was disclosed that<br />

Rueda-Linares is in the United<br />

States illegally, according to the<br />

Department of Homeland Security<br />

(DHS).<br />

Kurt Englehart, aged 38, was<br />

a respected and beloved figure<br />

within political circles. Born in<br />

Zanesville, Ohio, Englehart had<br />

dedicated much of his life to<br />

public service. He served as an<br />

adviser to Senator Cortez Masto<br />

since 2017, having previously<br />

worked on Barack Obama’s 2012<br />

presidential campaign.<br />

Englehart’s commitment to<br />

advocating for others and cultivating<br />

a more accessible democracy<br />

earned him widespread<br />

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admiration.<br />

“Regardless of his position,<br />

Kurt was purpose-driven in his<br />

dedication to advocate for others<br />

and cultivate a democracy that<br />

is accessible to everyone,” Kurt’s<br />

obituary states. “He worked<br />

tirelessly to improve the lives<br />

of those in rural Nevada and he<br />

was especially motivated in his<br />

support for Indigenous communities,<br />

cattlemen, miners, and<br />

underrepresented populations.<br />

“All those he met can share<br />

stories of his kindness, sharp<br />

wit, and willingness to drop<br />

everything for someone in need.<br />

Kurt was respected and admired<br />

by colleagues and opponents<br />

alike for his integrity, intelligence,<br />

and humor. If you were<br />

fortunate enough to be loved<br />

by Kurt, then you know that he<br />

loved and championed you at<br />

your worst and at your best.”<br />

Described as a “skilled political<br />

strategist,” he was known for his<br />

integrity, intelligence, and sense<br />

of humor.<br />

Colleagues and opponents<br />

alike respected and admired<br />

Englehart for his unwavering<br />

dedication to his work and his<br />

willingness to help others, regardless<br />

of the circumstances.<br />

Rueda-Linares entered the<br />

country illegally near the Rio<br />

Grande City, Texas, Port of Entry<br />

in March 2021. Despite being<br />

arrested at the border, he was<br />

released into the U.S. in June<br />

2021.<br />

This revelation has reignited<br />

debates about the Biden Administration’s<br />

immigration policies<br />

and enforcement, sparking<br />

discussions about border security<br />

and the challenges faced by<br />

authorities. Following Rueda-Linares’s<br />

arrest, he was placed under<br />

an ICE immigration detainer.<br />

This means that federal officers<br />

have requested local law<br />

enforcement to hold him for an<br />

additional 48 hours to decide<br />

whether to deport him. Rueda-Linares<br />

currently remains in<br />

custody at Washoe County Jail,<br />

with bail set at $100,000.


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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

ACROSS THE US<br />

The Latest Breaking News as we go LIVE.<br />

LASD SEARCHES FOR SUS-<br />

PECT WHO SHOT DEPUTY IN<br />

BACK, STRUCK BULLET-RESIS-<br />

TANT VEST<br />

By Karen Garcia, Richard Winton<br />

and Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles<br />

Times<br />

LOS ANGELES, CA. — Authorities<br />

continued searching Monday<br />

night for a suspect who shot<br />

a Los Angeles County sheriff’s<br />

deputy in the back at a stoplight<br />

near the 10 Freeway in West<br />

Covina.<br />

Deputy Samuel Aispuro, 43,<br />

was shot once in the back at<br />

about 2:45 p.m. while stopped at<br />

a red light on a department-issued<br />

motorcycle at Barranca<br />

Street and East Garvey Avenue,<br />

L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna<br />

said at a news conference.<br />

Aispuro, who was in uniform<br />

and wearing a bulletproof vest,<br />

was transported to a local hospital<br />

and was stable, Luna said.<br />

“The bulletproof vest he was<br />

wearing absolutely saved his<br />

life,” he said. “What kind of<br />

person shoots another person in<br />

the back? I could think of a lot<br />

of names for that. ... To me that’s<br />

the worst of the worst.”<br />

Aispuro, who has been with<br />

the department for 19 1/2 years,<br />

An inch to the left and it would have<br />

been a fatal shot.<br />

put out an emergency broadcast<br />

with information that led to an<br />

initial search for a white van,<br />

Luna said. The search led to a<br />

house in La Puente, where several<br />

people were detained but not<br />

arrested, and ultimately released,<br />

Luna said.<br />

Los Angeles County Sheriff<br />

Robert Luna said Tuesday that<br />

California Highway Patrol officers<br />

had arrested a gang member<br />

in San Onofre who shot the<br />

deputy in the back as he sat on<br />

his department motorcycle at a<br />

West Covina stoplight.<br />

CHP officers apprehended<br />

Raymundo Duran, 47, Monday<br />

evening on suspicion of driving<br />

Gang banger Raymundo<br />

Duran was arrested and<br />

charged with Capital<br />

Murder<br />

under the influence and possession<br />

of a loaded firearm at a San<br />

Onofre inspection point in a silver<br />

Toyota Camry. Investigators<br />

connected Duran to the West<br />

Covina shooting after initially<br />

booking him as a suspected<br />

drunk driver, Luna said.<br />

Luna described the deputy as a<br />

married father of two.<br />

The deputy worked out of the<br />

Century station in Lynwood and<br />

was in West Covina for training,<br />

L.A. County Supervisor Janice<br />

Hahn said in a statement.<br />

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WASH. POLICE HUNT FORMER<br />

OFFICER SUSPECTED OF KILL-<br />

ING 2, KIDNAPPING CHILD<br />

YAKIMA, WA. — An Amber Alert<br />

has been issued for the ex-police<br />

officer facing a rape charge<br />

suspected in two West Richland<br />

killings on Monday.<br />

Washington State Patrol issued<br />

the alert for former Yakima<br />

officer Elias Huizar, 39, who is<br />

believed to have his 1-year-old<br />

son Roman Huizar with him.<br />

Investigators believe he may be<br />

fleeing to Mexico, according to<br />

the 9:55 p.m. alert.<br />

The alert also identifies his<br />

victims as his ex-wife and girlfriend.<br />

West Richland police identified<br />

Huizar as being the suspect<br />

in the shooting outside William<br />

Wiley Elementary School about<br />

3:20 p.m. Monday as students<br />

were being released for the day.<br />

His ex-wife was a para educator<br />

at the school.<br />

While serving a search warrant<br />

at his West Richland home,<br />

another person was found dead,<br />

according to a 8 p.m. news release.<br />

Huizar was being investigated<br />

for raping a friend of his teenage<br />

girlfriend. He was also under investigation<br />

into whether his relationship<br />

with the teen girlfriend<br />

was legal. She was the mother<br />

of the 1-year-old, according to<br />

court documents. It is unclear if<br />

she was the second victim. She<br />

was not previously identified because<br />

of her age.<br />

Investigators believe that<br />

Huizar is armed and considered<br />

dangerous, and is likely to commit<br />

more crimes, said an earlier<br />

news release.<br />

Court documents show his exwife<br />

Amber Rodriguez filed last<br />

Friday for a change in custody<br />

for their two sons, ages 5 and<br />

9. Rodriguez is listed on Wiley<br />

Elementary website as a para<br />

educator. It is unclear where the<br />

other two children are.<br />

UPDATE - The ex-Washington<br />

school cop who allegedly<br />

slaughtered his ex-wife and<br />

underage girlfriend before taking<br />

the teenager’s infant on the run<br />

has been found with a self-inflicted<br />

gunshot wound to the<br />

head, police said.<br />

Oregon state troopers found<br />

Elias Huizar’s wounded body<br />

following a police chase near<br />

Eugene around 3 p.m. Tuesday,<br />

according to the West Richland<br />

Police Department.<br />

He was taken to the hospital<br />

and later died. The 1-year-old<br />

child he kidnapped was taken<br />

into custody by the troopers.<br />

FLA. DEPUTY THROWN FROM<br />

BOAT SAVED BY WITNESSES<br />

By Mark Price<br />

The Charlotte Observer<br />

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL. — A<br />

Florida sheriff’s deputy owes his<br />

life to a group of good Samaritans,<br />

who rushed to help when<br />

he was thrown into the blades<br />

of his boat’s spinning propeller,<br />

according to investigators.<br />

The deputy suffered serious<br />

but non-life-threatening injuries,<br />

according to the St. Lucie County<br />

Sheriff’s Office. St. Lucie is on<br />

Florida’s Atlantic coast, about a<br />

110-mile drive north of Miami.<br />

Investigators say it happened<br />

at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday,<br />

March 9, and involved a deputy<br />

assigned to the county’s Marine<br />

Unit. His identity has not been<br />

released.<br />

“The deputy’s injuries are<br />

consistent with being struck by<br />

engine propellers,” the sheriff’s<br />

office said in a Facebook post.<br />

“The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s<br />

Office would like to thank the<br />

good Samaritans who witnessed<br />

this event and took immediate,<br />

life-saving actions.”<br />

Details of the rescue have not<br />

been released, but the Florida<br />

Fish and Wildlife Conservation<br />

Commission says the good Samaritans<br />

pulled the deputy from<br />

the water.<br />

The Florida Fish and Wildlife<br />

Conservation Commission is investigating<br />

the incident. A preliminary<br />

investigation indicates<br />

he was thrown out of his boat by<br />

a passing “rogue wave,” St. Lucie<br />

County officials said.<br />

Sheriff’s department officials<br />

report the deputy is recovering.<br />

Like many of Florida’s coastal<br />

counties, St. Lucie has a marine<br />

unit of marked patrol vessels<br />

that “monitor waterways and<br />

assist vessels in distress.”<br />

“In light of this incident, we<br />

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want to acknowledge the very<br />

real dangers all law enforcement<br />

face while protecting our<br />

waterways and ensuring the<br />

safety of our community.”<br />

LASD DEPUTY DIES FROM IN-<br />

JURIES SUSTAINED IN MOBILE<br />

SHOOTING RANGE FIRE<br />

LOS ANGELES, CA. – A deputy<br />

with the Los Angeles County<br />

Sheriff’s Department who was<br />

severely injured in a mobile<br />

shooting range fire in October<br />

has died, according to the law<br />

enforcement agency.<br />

Deputy Alfredo “Freddy” Flores<br />

passed away Saturday night<br />

following a months-long battle<br />

for his life after suffering injuries<br />

from a mobile training range fire<br />

that occurred last year.<br />

The training tragedy occurred<br />

Oct. 10, 2023, at about 9:50 a.m.<br />

at the facility located at 29320<br />

The Old Road, according to<br />

the Sheriff’s Department. The<br />

Pitchess facility — named after<br />

former Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess,<br />

who served the agency in that<br />

capacity from 1958-1981 — is<br />

located at the <strong>No</strong>rth County Correctional<br />

Facility in Castaic.<br />

Attorney Joe A. Nunez said<br />

on behalf of the Flores family,<br />

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cause of the fire was “the malfunction<br />

of equipment during a<br />

training drill,” KTLA reported.<br />

“While law enforcement officers<br />

and their families are acutely<br />

aware of the inherent risks<br />

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nothing could have prepared<br />

us for his untimely departure<br />

due to injuries stemming from<br />

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CONGRESSWOMAN BLASTS<br />

PROSECUTION OF STATE<br />

TROOPER: ‘IT’S JUST WRONG’<br />

By Liz Collin<br />

Minnesota’s Republican delegation<br />

wants Congress to investigate<br />

Hennepin County Attorney<br />

Mary Moriarty’s office as murder<br />

charges against a Minnesota<br />

state trooper are called into<br />

question.<br />

Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach<br />

led the effort to send a<br />

letter to House Judiciary Committee<br />

Chairman Jim Jordan<br />

asking him to review the charges<br />

and investigate Moriarty’s office.<br />

“I think we all know that this<br />

prosecution is politically motivated,<br />

particularly after the fact<br />

that she (Moriarty) had experts<br />

that said that he was justified,<br />

and she completely ignored them<br />

and filed the complaint anyway.<br />

We need to stop the persecution,<br />

the attack on law enforcement.<br />

This is the start. I don’t feel that<br />

the authorities in Minnesota will<br />

do that. So, we need to take it<br />

upon ourselves to have a look at<br />

it here at the federal level, because<br />

it’s just wrong,” she said.<br />

Fischbach is also an attorney<br />

and her district covers western<br />

Minnesota, a politically conservative<br />

area where she says there<br />

is a lot of support for law enforcement.<br />

“We have to speak up. We have<br />

to be loud voices because those<br />

who are anti-law enforcement,<br />

the defund the police movement,<br />

all of those folks, we need to<br />

drown them out and we need to<br />

show our law enforcement that<br />

we support them,” Fischbach<br />

said.<br />

She pointed to the loss of Pope<br />

County Deputy Josh Owen in<br />

64 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

her area and the deaths of two<br />

Burnsville police officers and a<br />

fire medic as recent tragedies.<br />

“In addition to that, these ridiculous<br />

prosecutions that we are<br />

seeing now … we need to have<br />

their backs because they have<br />

our backs,” she added.<br />

Three trainers from the State<br />

Patrol testified to a grand jury<br />

and have signed sworn declarations<br />

stating that Trooper Ryan<br />

Londregan followed his training<br />

during the July 2023 traffic stop.<br />

The driver of the vehicle, Ricky<br />

Cobb, a convicted felon, ignored<br />

police commands and took off<br />

in his vehicle, dragging another<br />

trooper. Trooper Londregan responded<br />

with deadly force.<br />

In addition, a use of force<br />

expert for the prosecution<br />

said Londregan “committed no<br />

crime,” according to a court<br />

document filed last month by<br />

Londregan’s attorneys.<br />

Still, Moriarty charged Trooper<br />

Londregan with murder, assault,<br />

and manslaughter.<br />

“It is the weaponization of government<br />

against these law enforcement<br />

officers. They are doing<br />

their job and they saw their<br />

fellow trooper being dragged.<br />

His life was in danger, and they<br />

absolutely acted the way they<br />

should have to make sure that<br />

his life was safe. I find it repulsive<br />

that these prosecutors are<br />

going after law enforcement<br />

officers instead of the criminals.<br />

Let’s not forget, this was a person<br />

who was breaking the law, a<br />

criminal,” she added.<br />

The congresswoman also<br />

weighed in on the prosecution of<br />

the four police officers connected<br />

to George Floyd’s death nearly<br />

four years ago after the recent<br />

release of “The Fall of Minneapolis.”<br />

“I did see The Fall of Minneapolis<br />

and I appreciated it. It was<br />

incredibly enlightening to see<br />

what was really going on. I honestly<br />

think that that needs to be<br />

revisited. Those cases need to be<br />

revisited,” she said.<br />

“It only points to the prosecution<br />

attacking the law enforcement<br />

profession,” Fischbach<br />

added.<br />

Meanwhile, the Minnesota<br />

Police and Peace Officers Association<br />

has sent two letters to Gov.<br />

Tim Walz asking him to step in<br />

and remove Londregan’s case<br />

from Moriarty’s office.<br />

“I find it appalling that the<br />

governor has not addressed this.<br />

He has had weeks and weeks to<br />

do this … and if it is going to be<br />

turned over to (Attorney General)<br />

Ellison, he needs to do the<br />

right thing and he needs to drop<br />

those charges,” she said.<br />

The next hearing in Trooper<br />

Londregan’s case is scheduled<br />

for April 29 at 9 a.m. His attorney<br />

will argue to dismiss the


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charges. Minnesota’s largest law<br />

enforcement organization is<br />

asking the public to be there to<br />

show up and support the trooper<br />

on that date. Fischbach believes<br />

it will help to turn the tide.<br />

“It will show Trooper Londregan<br />

that he is not alone. I think<br />

that that show of support is<br />

important. We have to make sure<br />

that we are showing our disappointment<br />

and our opposition to<br />

what they are doing to these law<br />

enforcement officers,” she said.<br />

TUNNELS TO TOWERS PAYS<br />

OFF MORTGAGE FOR SLAIN<br />

NEW YORK DEPUTY’S FAMILY<br />

“On behalf of the CNY T2T<br />

crew, our condolences go out<br />

to the family, friends and fellow<br />

officers of Onondaga County<br />

Sherrifs Lt. Michael Hoosock and<br />

Syracuse Police Officer Michael<br />

Jensen,” Tunnels to Towers said.<br />

Tunnels to Towers of Central<br />

New York has announced that it<br />

has paid off the mortgage for the<br />

family of slain Onondaga County<br />

Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Hoosock.<br />

Lt. Hoosock was killed April 14<br />

during an incident at a residence<br />

in Liverpool, New York. Syracuse<br />

Police Officer Michael Jensen<br />

was also killed in the same<br />

shooting.<br />

Hoosock is survived by his wife<br />

and three children.<br />

MAN RAMS CRUISER, CHARGES<br />

LASD DEPUTIES WITH KNIFE<br />

BEFORE FATAL OIS<br />

By Joanna Putman, Police1<br />

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA. —<br />

Body worn camera footage released<br />

by the Los Angeles County<br />

Sheriff’s Department shows the<br />

moment a man rammed a cruiser<br />

before charging at officers<br />

66 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

with a knife.<br />

The March 19 incident began<br />

when deputies responded to a<br />

home for a welfare check, according<br />

to a critical incident<br />

briefing. Deputies contacted a<br />

victim who told them that Jose<br />

Acosta, <strong>40</strong>, had violated a protection<br />

order by coming to the<br />

home and demanding to be let<br />

in.<br />

Deputies saw Acosta driving<br />

near the home and followed him<br />

at a distance.<br />

Surveillance footage shows<br />

deputies stopping behind Acosta<br />

at an intersection, preparing to<br />

make a stop, according to the<br />

critical incident briefing. Acosta’s<br />

orange vehicle can be seen suddenly<br />

reversing into the cruiser.<br />

Body camera video from the<br />

deputy driving the cruiser shows<br />

he braced for impact before<br />

the collision, which caused his<br />

airbag to deploy. The collision<br />

rendered both vehicles inoperable,<br />

according to the release.<br />

Deputies in another cruiser instructed<br />

Acosta to get out of the<br />

vehicle with his hands up. When<br />

he opened the door, one deputy<br />

called out that he had a knife in<br />

his hand.<br />

As Acosta stumbled out of the<br />

car, deputies instructed him to<br />

drop the knife. Instead, Acosta<br />

charged at the deputies with the<br />

knife in hand. The deputies then<br />

fired multiple shots, bringing<br />

Acosta to the ground.<br />

The deputies rendered medical<br />

aid until fire department paramedics<br />

arrived, according to the<br />

report. Acosta was pronounced<br />

dead at the scene. A knife with a<br />

three-inch blade was recovered.<br />

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OFFICER AMBUSHED BEFORE<br />

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A police officer<br />

in Albany, New York, was<br />

ambushed by a driver following<br />

an attempted traffic stop early<br />

Wednesday and was shot in the<br />

leg before returning fire, killing<br />

the man, the city’s police chief<br />

said.<br />

The officer was hospitalized at<br />

Albany Medical Center and was<br />

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Eric Hawkins said at a news conference<br />

outside the hospital.<br />

“We just experienced one of<br />

an officer’s worst nightmares,<br />

and that is being ambushed performing<br />

a routine part of their<br />

duties,” he said.<br />

The officer had seen a speeding<br />

vehicle about 12:30 a.m. and<br />

there was a short pursuit, but<br />

the vehicle didn’t stop and he<br />

stopped following it, Hawkins<br />

said. A short time later, the officer<br />

saw the vehicle parked along<br />

a road.<br />

The officer approached the<br />

vehicle, Hawkins said. He was<br />

about 5 feet (1.5 meters) away<br />

from it when the man, who was<br />

out of the car, “emerges and<br />

immediately fires shots at the<br />

officer and strikes the officer,”<br />

Hawkins said.<br />

The officer immediately returned<br />

fire, Hawkins said. The<br />

names of the officer and the man<br />

were not released.<br />

Hawkins said he looked at<br />

footage from the officer’s bodyworn<br />

camera. “There’s no other<br />

way to describe this but an<br />

ambush,” he said. “This officer<br />

was doing exactly what he was<br />

supposed to be doing.”<br />

“This was not what he expected<br />

to happen today during his<br />

shift,” she said.<br />

AFTER PREVIOUSLY BEING<br />

CLEARED, 3 CALIF. OFFICERS<br />

NOW FACE MANSLAUGHTER<br />

CHARGES<br />

By Madilynne Medina<br />

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA. — The<br />

Alameda County District Attorney’s<br />

Office has charged three<br />

East Bay police officers with<br />

involuntary manslaughter in the<br />

2021 death of 26-year-old Mario<br />

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Gonzalez, according to a Thursday<br />

news release.<br />

Pamela Price, Alameda County<br />

District Attorney, made the decision<br />

to revisit Gonzalez’s case<br />

days after community members<br />

gathered enough signatures to<br />

prompt a recall election. The<br />

Gonzales case was one of eight<br />

in-custody death investigations<br />

reopened under Price’s leadership.<br />

According to the news release,<br />

the decision to charge the<br />

officers was made by prosecutors<br />

in the office’s independent Public<br />

Accountability Unit, not Price<br />

herself.<br />

Gonzalez died on April 19, 2021,<br />

while being restrained on the<br />

ground by Alameda police officers<br />

Eric McKinley, James Fisher<br />

and Cameron Leahy. Charging the<br />

officers involved marks a reversal<br />

of the decision made by former<br />

Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley,<br />

who announced in 2022 that<br />

her office’s investigation found<br />

the evidence did “not justify<br />

criminal charges.”<br />

An initial autopsy conducted by<br />

the county coroner ruled Gonzalez’s<br />

death a homicide, but stated<br />

that “toxic effects of methamphetamine”<br />

were the main cause<br />

of death. The report cited “physiologic<br />

stress of altercation and<br />

restraint” as a secondary factor.<br />

However, a second, independent<br />

autopsy was requested by<br />

Gonzalez’s family after they filed<br />

a wrongful death lawsuit against<br />

the city, the East Bay Times reported.<br />

That autopsy, conducted<br />

in 2022, found that Gonzalez had<br />

been killed by asphyxiation as a<br />

result of being restrained. While<br />

the second autopsy acknowledged<br />

that Gonzalez had drugs in<br />

his system, it concluded that the<br />

effects had not been lethal.<br />

“Methamphetamine was not<br />

the underlying cause of death<br />

of Mr. Gonzalez-Arenales. The<br />

presence of a drug in the blood<br />

of a deceased person does not<br />

equate to causation of death,”<br />

the coroner found.<br />

On the day of Gonzalez’ death,<br />

officers responded to multiple<br />

911 calls about a man behaving<br />

strangely in a park on the island<br />

of Alameda, the Los Angeles<br />

Times reported.<br />

“He seems like he’s tweaking.<br />

But he’s not doing anything<br />

wrong, he’s just scaring my<br />

wife,” one caller said, according<br />

to the LA Times. Another caller<br />

said Gonzalez appeared to be<br />

stealing alcohol and was loitering.<br />

In an hour-long video recorded<br />

by one of the officers’ body<br />

cameras, the police asked for<br />

identification from Gonzalez,<br />

who appeared to respond incoherently.<br />

The officers then<br />

grabbed Gonzalez and pinned<br />

him, holding him on the ground<br />

until he appeared to lose consciousness.<br />

Officers attempted<br />

to render CPR, but Gonzalez was<br />

declared dead at the scene.<br />

After the conclusion of the initial<br />

investigation in 2022, all the<br />

officers were allowed to return<br />

to full duty, after spending time<br />

on paid administrative leave. In a<br />

statement issued Friday, Alameda<br />

Police Chief Nishant Joshi<br />

said he stands by the initial<br />

determination that “ Alameda<br />

police officers did not engage in<br />

any misconduct.”<br />

However, two officers involved<br />

in the arrest, Leahy and Mckinley,<br />

had been placed on leave again<br />

as a result of the recent crimi-


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nal charges, Joshi said. The third<br />

officer, Fisher, has since taken a<br />

job at the Contra Costa Sheriff’s<br />

Office. His status was not immediately<br />

available.<br />

Millie Clevand , a chair for<br />

Coalition Police Accountability in<br />

Oakland, told SFGATE she is content<br />

with the DA’s decision. She<br />

believes that when cops appear<br />

to “violate the law” it has “severe<br />

consequences to the community.”<br />

“I think this whole issue of<br />

how people are detained and<br />

the use of killing people through<br />

asphyxiation is a problem,” she<br />

said. “It seems to me that people<br />

that are in law enforcement<br />

should have enough skill to<br />

know how to detain somebody<br />

without killing them.”<br />

In a news conference Thursday,<br />

Price declined to say whether<br />

the charges were based on new<br />

evidence, according to ABC7,<br />

but did confirm that she had not<br />

been personally involved in the<br />

decision to charge the officers.<br />

“I will not be participating and<br />

will not participate in the ultimate<br />

decision about the case,”<br />

Price said at the press conference.<br />

“And, I’m very proud that<br />

my public accountability unit<br />

has been able to independently<br />

assess the evidence and come to<br />

a decision about this case.”<br />

SMALL TOWN SOUTH CARO-<br />

LINA POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED<br />

FOR SOLICITING PROSTITU-<br />

TION<br />

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. – A small<br />

town police chief in South Carolina<br />

was among 10 people arrested<br />

during a prostitution sting<br />

operation on Tuesday in Horry<br />

County, according to authorities.<br />

Quentin Robinson, 41, who has<br />

been the chief of the Atlantic<br />

Beach Police Department since<br />

2017, was taken into custody and<br />

charged with first-offense soliciting<br />

prostitution, WMBF News<br />

reported.<br />

Robinson and nine other men<br />

were arrested during a joint investigation<br />

by four law enforcement<br />

agencies at a hotel on 21st<br />

Avenue <strong>No</strong>rth in the Myrtle Beach<br />

area.<br />

The Horry County Police Department<br />

issued the following<br />

press statement:<br />

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024,<br />

Horry County Police Department,<br />

Myrtle Beach Police Department,<br />

South Carolina State Law Enforcement<br />

Division (SLED), and<br />

Horry County Sheriff’s Office<br />

conducted a joint prostitution<br />

operation at a local hotel.<br />

During the operation, each subject<br />

engaged with an undercover<br />

operative online and agreed<br />

to meet to exchange money for<br />

sexual favors.<br />

Upon each subject’s arrival<br />

to the hotel room, money was<br />

exchanged. At that time, law<br />

enforcement officers made their<br />

presence known, and each subject<br />

was subsequently arrested<br />

and charged.<br />

According to the arrest report,<br />

Robinson paid $120 in exchange<br />

for sex, WMBF News reported.<br />

Atlantic Beach Town Manager<br />

Benjamin Quattlebaum released<br />

the following statement:<br />

We just found out and don’t<br />

have all of the details involving<br />

the arrest of Chief Robinson<br />

at this time, but if the charges<br />

are true, he will be placed on<br />

administrative leave with pay<br />

pending a full investigation.<br />

In terms of the reasons for his<br />

arrest, and under our personnel<br />

policy, will be given due process<br />

and evaluate the circumstances<br />

around his arrest.<br />

At this time, the Town of Atlantic<br />

Beach will have an officer<br />

next in command taking charge<br />

of the police department, and<br />

we assure the community that<br />

the town remains strong and<br />

safe in this police protection and<br />

services.<br />

Robinson posted a bond of<br />

$500 and was released from<br />

custody Wednesday morning,<br />

according to court records.<br />

The historic four-block town of<br />

Atlantic Beach is known as “The<br />

Black Pearl.” It has a population<br />

of approximately 334 people<br />

with a four-person police department.<br />

Most of the land surrounding<br />

the town was annexed<br />

into the city of <strong>No</strong>rth Myrtle<br />

Beach.<br />

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‘MAKE ME PAY FOR IT’: FLA.<br />

JURY RECOMMENDS DEATH<br />

PENALTY FOR CONVICTED COP<br />

KILLER<br />

By Joanna Putman, Police1<br />

NASSAU COUNTY, FL. — A jury<br />

recommended the death penalty<br />

for the man who admitted to the<br />

2021 killing of a Florida officer,<br />

News4Jax reported.<br />

Patrick McDowell pleaded<br />

guilty in the shooting death of<br />

Nassau County Deputy Joshua<br />

Moyers at a traffic stop in 2021,<br />

according to the report. He was<br />

recommended for the death penalty<br />

on April 25 following a jury<br />

vote of 11 to 1.<br />

The decision comes after the<br />

jury unanimously found that five<br />

aggravating factors were met,<br />

indicating the murder was cold,<br />

premeditated and committed to<br />

avoid arrest while Moyers was<br />

performing his duties, according<br />

to the report. During the hearing,<br />

McDowell read a lengthy statement<br />

against the advice of his<br />

attorney.<br />

“Make no mistake, I am sorry<br />

and I hate myself for what I did,<br />

but that’s simply not enough to<br />

outweigh the aggravators by any<br />

imaginable standard…” McDowell<br />

said. “I can’t take away the<br />

pain I’ve caused, but I can pay for<br />

it. So make me pay for it.”<br />

Following the jury’s decision,<br />

a Spencer hearing has been<br />

scheduled, which will allow<br />

McDowell’s defense to have one<br />

final chance to argue against the<br />

death penalty recommendation.<br />

“Lord willing when this death<br />

sentence is carried out, I’ll be<br />

sitting on the front row with a<br />

box of popcorn, eagerly waiting<br />

for him to take his last breath,”<br />

Sheriff Bill Leeper stated. “It just<br />

ripped the guts out of our agency,<br />

out of our employees. The<br />

dispatchers who had to hear the<br />

cries for help on the radio, the<br />

deputies who responded, who<br />

tried to save Josh’s life. That’s<br />

something to live with forever.”<br />

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024<br />

• National Police K9 Memorial Service<br />

• ODMP 5K<br />

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024<br />

• Police Unity Tour Arrival<br />

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024<br />

• Candlelight Vigil<br />

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024<br />

• The 30th Annual Pipeband Memorial March and<br />

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FATAL OIS<br />

By Molly Walsh<br />

LORAIN, OH. — A Lorain fugitive<br />

attacked federal marshals with<br />

a table leg and knife when they<br />

tried to arrest him on a warrant<br />

last week, authorities say.<br />

That prompted officers to<br />

shoot and kill Derrick Smith,<br />

34, on April 18. On Thursday,<br />

Lorain police released an officer’s<br />

body-camera video, which<br />

shows the chaotic moments before<br />

marshals fired a Taser twice<br />

and later a handgun at Smith.<br />

The officers sought to arrest<br />

him on a federal warrant for<br />

failure to appear in U.S. District<br />

Court in Cleveland. They went<br />

to his home in the 900 block of<br />

West 21st Street shortly after 8<br />

a.m.<br />

In body-camera footage, a<br />

family member allowed officers<br />

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from the marshals’ fugitive task<br />

force into the home.<br />

“Y’all can go up there and get<br />

him if you want to,” the woman<br />

said.<br />

In the video, officers go to the<br />

second floor of the home, where<br />

Smith begins to attack them as<br />

they attempt to arrest him.<br />

Officers twice used a Taser, but<br />

Smith continued to fight. One investigator<br />

used a ballistic shield<br />

to pin Smith’s left hand, which<br />

held the table leg, against a wall.<br />

Using his right hand, Smith then<br />

stabbed the officer three times<br />

in the back of the neck, the video<br />

shows.<br />

Smith hit one of the officers<br />

with the table leg before shots<br />

were fired. It is unclear how<br />

many officers fired their weapons<br />

at Smith or how many bullets<br />

struck him.<br />

The three officers were treated<br />

at Lorain Mercy Hospital for their<br />

injuries and were released later<br />

that day. Smith was pronounced<br />

dead at the scene by paramedics.<br />

Lorain Police Chief James<br />

McCann declined to answer any<br />

questions from reporters during<br />

a press conference on Thursday,<br />

citing the on-going investigation.<br />

“The purpose of this presentation<br />

is to simply show the bodyworn<br />

camera footage and to<br />

present it to the public to ensure<br />

there’s transparency in what law<br />

enforcement is doing,” he said.<br />

“They have a right to see what<br />

we’re doing.”<br />

A cleveland.com and Plain<br />

Dealer reporter went to Smith’s<br />

home Thursday, where people<br />

there declined to comment.<br />

Federal court records show<br />

that Smith suffered from mental<br />

illness and drug addiction for<br />

several years. He failed to show<br />

up for a hearing in federal court<br />

just days before the marshals<br />

arrived to arrest him. He was on<br />

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Who’s Funding Protests?<br />

Pro-Hamas protests at Columbia, elsewhere<br />

tied to left-wing donors, such as George Soros<br />

By Pat Droney, Law Enforcement Today<br />

In what should come as no surprise, many of those protesting at Columbia<br />

University and other college campuses and cities nationwide are being<br />

funded by groups that are tied to left-wing donors, the Washington<br />

Examiner reports.<br />

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For over one week, pro-<br />

Hamas protesters have been<br />

occupying portions of Columbia<br />

University in downtown<br />

Manhattan. As of earlier this<br />

week, over 100 whiny college<br />

brats and outside agitators<br />

have been arrested, and the<br />

protests have tied up significant<br />

portions of the NYPD.<br />

The astroturf protests taking<br />

place at Columbia and<br />

other universities have taken<br />

on an ominous turn as they<br />

have evolved into anti-Semitic,<br />

anti-Jew, and, in some cases,<br />

anti-American demonstrations.<br />

Calls of “death to America”<br />

and “death to Israel” have been<br />

heard in New York City in a location<br />

only blocks from where<br />

Islamic terrorists took down<br />

the two towers of the World<br />

Trade Center in 2001.<br />

Many have noticed that the<br />

“protesters” carry professionally<br />

made signs, and in some<br />

cases, where they have established<br />

encampments on campuses,<br />

the tents used are mostly<br />

identical. That has led some<br />

to believe that these are not<br />

grassroots protests but rather<br />

organized demonstrations designed<br />

to sow chaos, much as<br />

the George Floyd riots in 2020<br />

did.<br />

According to the Washington<br />

Examiner, the pro-Hamas<br />

occupation at Columbia called<br />

the Gaza Solidarity Encampment,”<br />

has been organized by<br />

a conglomerate of 116 different<br />

groups called Columbia University<br />

Apartheid Divest (we’ll<br />

call it CUAD). Most of the organizations<br />

are Columbia-specific<br />

groups or chapters of<br />

78 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

national organizations, including<br />

Students for Justice in Palestine<br />

(SJP) and Jewish Voice for<br />

Peace.<br />

According to the Anti-Defamation<br />

League, many of SJP’s<br />

chapters “explicitly endorsed<br />

the actions of Hamas and their<br />

armed attacks on Israeli civilians.”<br />

They have also called “for<br />

confronting and ‘dismantling’<br />

Zionism on U.S. college campuses.”<br />

The group has repeatedly<br />

called for attacks on Israel. A<br />

chapter at CUNY School of Law<br />

said, “If you support Palestine,<br />

understand that necessitates<br />

supporting our right to defend<br />

ourselves and liberate our<br />

homeland by any means necessary.”<br />

[emphasis added]<br />

To further underscore their<br />

support for Hamas terrorists<br />

and the October 7, 2023 attack<br />

on Israel that killed over 1,000<br />

Israeli civilians, some chapters<br />

have adopted the image of<br />

persons on paragliders, which<br />

was clearly a reference to those<br />

Hamas terrorists who used<br />

paragliders as part of the October<br />

7 massacre.<br />

CUAD is demanding Columbia<br />

to divest all of their finances,<br />

“including the endowment, from<br />

companies and institutions that<br />

profit from Israeli apartheid,<br />

genocide, and occupation in<br />

Palestine.” They are also demanding<br />

the university “sever<br />

academic ties with Israeli universities.”<br />

The activists say they<br />

will not leave the campus until<br />

their demands are met.<br />

Both SJP and Jewish Voice for<br />

Peace (JVP) are behind other<br />

“solidarity” protests at universities<br />

such as Harvard, Ohio<br />

State, Boston University, and<br />

UNC-Chapel Hill.<br />

Influence Watch notes that SJP<br />

is a project of the Westchester<br />

People’s Action Coalition, or<br />

WESPAC, which supports leftist<br />

causes like BDS, the Green New<br />

Deal, and other “progressive”<br />

causes. It has assets of over one<br />

million dollars.<br />

SJP claims it is a “grassroots”<br />

organization, however, the<br />

Anti-Defamation League said it<br />

receives support from American<br />

Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a<br />

pro-Hamas organization. That<br />

group was identified by the ADL<br />

as the “leading organization<br />

providing anti-Zionist training”<br />

in the United States.<br />

The Washington Examiner<br />

previously reported that AMP<br />

is under investigation for fundraising<br />

and providing money and<br />

material support to terrorist<br />

organizations.<br />

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)<br />

has over $2.8 million in assets<br />

and maintains an ideology<br />

similar to SJP. Influence Watch<br />

said the group has received $3.9<br />

million from various donors,<br />

including the Rockefeller Brothers<br />

Fund. It is also supported<br />

by George Soros’s Open Society<br />

Network, having raked in over<br />

$650,000 from Soros-connected<br />

groups over the past eight years.<br />

The CUAD coalition also includes<br />

the Columbia Queer Alliance<br />

(Hamas would throw their<br />

members off the nearest highrise),<br />

Columbia University Students<br />

for Human Rights, White<br />

Coats 4 Black Lives, and Muslim<br />

Students Association, according<br />

to its website.<br />

As a result of the occupation,


Columbia has canceled in-person<br />

classes for the rest of the<br />

semester and moved to virtual<br />

learning in order to “deescalate<br />

the rancor and give us all a<br />

chance to consider next steps,”<br />

Columbia president Minouche<br />

Shafik said.<br />

Meanwhile, Fox News reports<br />

that a left-wing dark money<br />

group tied to Soros is providing<br />

bail and legal support for pro-<br />

Hamas activists arrested last<br />

week when they blocked major<br />

roads and highways nationwide.<br />

Those protests were organized<br />

by A15 Action, a newly created<br />

group that promised to “coordinate<br />

a multi-city economic<br />

blockade on April 15 in solidarity<br />

with Palestine.”<br />

The group’s “resources” section<br />

notes the existence of a<br />

“bail and legal defense fund”<br />

hosted by ActBlue, a fundraising<br />

platform used by Democrats and<br />

leftist groups nationwide. If this<br />

sounds familiar, it’s a similar<br />

tactic used during the George<br />

Floyd riots in 2020 to bail out<br />

those accused of committing<br />

crimes. Those funds included<br />

the Minnesota Freedom Fund,<br />

which was touted by then Sen.<br />

Kamala Harris to assist those<br />

who destroyed cities such as<br />

Minneapolis.<br />

Contributions to that fund<br />

“will benefit Community Justice<br />

Exchange,” which is a project of<br />

the Soros-funded Tides Center.<br />

Last <strong>No</strong>vember, it was disclosed<br />

that the Soros-backed<br />

Open Society Policy Center donated<br />

$13.7 million through the<br />

Tides Center to groups supporting<br />

Hamas or justified attacks<br />

on Israel, including the October<br />

7 atrocities, with a total of $15<br />

million donated since 2016.<br />

The April 15 demonstrations<br />

saw unhinged leftists blocking<br />

the Golden Gate Bridge in San<br />

Francisco, the Brooklyn Bridge<br />

in New York, and an access road<br />

to Chicago’s O’Hare International<br />

Airport. They also demonstrated<br />

outside the New York Stock<br />

Exchange and outside Philadelphia<br />

City Hall, blocking traffic<br />

and creating mayhem. In Philadelphia,<br />

local and state police<br />

arrested 68 agitators, while <strong>40</strong><br />

people were arrested in Chicago.<br />

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GUN BATTLE<br />

FOUR OFFICERS KILLED, FOU<br />

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four law enforcement officers were killed, and<br />

four other officers were wounded by a suspect opening fire in a warrant-related<br />

gunfight in Charlotte, <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina, on Monday April 29.<br />

U.S. Marshal Service Director Ronald Coleman on Tuesday named<br />

Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas M. Weeks Jr., 48, of Mooresville, <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Carolina, as the fourth officer killed in the line of duty at about 1:30<br />

p.m. Monday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer Joshua<br />

Eyer and <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Department of Adult Correction officers<br />

Sam Poloche and William “Alden” Elliott were also killed.<br />

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R INJURED<br />

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The shooting began when a<br />

U.S. Marshals Task Force attempted<br />

to serve a warrant for<br />

firearm possession by a convicted<br />

felon. During a Monday evening<br />

press briefing, authorities<br />

said the recipient of the warrant<br />

was the one who initially opened<br />

fire. That suspect, who was later<br />

identified as 39-year-old Terry<br />

Clark Hughes, Jr., was killed in<br />

the shootout, police said.<br />

Hughes was also wanted for<br />

two counts of felony flee to<br />

elude out of Lincoln County,<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina, according to<br />

Charlotte police. Police believe<br />

two shooters may have been<br />

involved. They said two persons<br />

of interest, a 17-year-old and a<br />

woman, were taken to the police<br />

station for further investigation.<br />

“We have two people of interest<br />

at the police station that are<br />

being questioned right now,” Police<br />

Chief Johnny Jennings said<br />

during the presser. “And we have<br />

confirmed that the individual that<br />

was set up that we were serving<br />

the warrant on was the individual<br />

who fired the initial shots and<br />

was deceased in the front yard<br />

at the end of all of this.”<br />

U.S. Marshal Service Director<br />

Ronald Coleman named Deputy<br />

U.S. Marshal Thomas M. Weeks<br />

Jr., 48, of Mooresville, <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina,<br />

as the fourth officer killed<br />

in the line of duty at about 1:30<br />

p.m. Monday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg<br />

Police Department officer<br />

Joshua Eyer and <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

Department of Adult Correction<br />

officers Sam Poloche and William<br />

“Alden” Elliott were also<br />

killed.A total of eight law enforcement<br />

officers were shot.<br />

Three CMPD officers and a U.S.<br />

Marshals Task Force officer were<br />

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injured and are still recovering<br />

from their wounds.<br />

At a press conference before<br />

the fourth death was announced,<br />

Jennings called the incident “the<br />

most tragic one that I’ve been<br />

involved in.”<br />

“I’ve been with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg<br />

Police Department<br />

for 32 years. I can’t remember<br />

an incident where three<br />

law enforcement officers were<br />

[injured] and also three that were<br />

killed in the same incident,” he<br />

said.<br />

The CMPD initially reported<br />

that “numerous” officers were<br />

shot at the scene in the 5000<br />

block of Galway Drive, which is<br />

in the Shannon Park neighborhood.<br />

All officers who were injured<br />

were transported to hospitals. At<br />

2:23 p.m., police confirmed that<br />

a SWAT team was on the scene<br />

and urged residents to stay inside<br />

their homes.<br />

On Monday afternoon, <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Carolina Governor Roy Cooper<br />

confirmed that his office was<br />

aware of the shooting.<br />

“I am in contact with law enforcement<br />

concerning the tragic<br />

shooting in the Charlotte area,<br />

and we have offered state resources<br />

to help,” Cooper wrote<br />

on X.<br />

Former FBI special agent in<br />

charge and Fox News contributor<br />

Nicole Parker spoke to Fox News<br />

Digital about the situation.<br />

“These officers on this U.S.<br />

Marshals Task Force are the best<br />

and the brightest and the bravest.<br />

Each day when you walk out the<br />

door for work, you understand<br />

you may never make it home,”<br />

she explained.<br />

FALL


EN HEROES<br />

Police Officer Joshua Eyer<br />

Investigator Samuel Poloche<br />

Investigator<br />

William “Alden” Elliott<br />

Deputy U.S. Marshal<br />

Thomas M. Weeks<br />

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“We Stand With<br />

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and Along Side”<br />

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DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

THE MISSION<br />

Metal4Valor is a nonprofit organization,<br />

founded in 2023, that commissions beautiful<br />

metal art badges from Premier Metal<br />

Art to honor fallen police officers, firefighters,<br />

and EMS. All pieces that are donated<br />

are on display to honor the hero at their<br />

service and then given to the family to<br />

thank them for their loved one’s sacrifice.<br />

Each piece is handcrafted and personalized<br />

for the fallen hero. These pieces of art<br />

have become a symbol of support, comfort,<br />

remembrance, and respect for those who<br />

gave the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

THE FOUNDERS<br />

Eric and Kathy Long, with the assistance<br />

of Bruce Schwarz, are the founders of this<br />

wonderful organization, which is located<br />

in their hometown in Iowa. I had the opportunity<br />

to speak with Eric and Kathy to<br />

gain a better understanding of their journey<br />

in the creation of this mission. There is<br />

no question this is now a calling for both.<br />

As parents of an active-duty law enforcement<br />

officer, Eric and Kathy know firsthand<br />

the challenges our officers encounter every<br />

day and feel each loss deeply. This is clearly<br />

demonstrated in the detail and love in each<br />

lasered piece of art.<br />

THE DECISION<br />

The decision to start Metal4Valor was<br />

also born out of loss. An Illinois deputy was<br />

killed in the line of duty during a pursuit.<br />

Given that this was a local officer, Bruce,<br />

Kathy, and Eric donated the funds so that<br />

a metal badge could be created for the<br />

family. Although Eric and Kathy do not own<br />

premier metal art, Kathy is an employee.<br />

Kathy and her team made the piece and<br />

then Kathy and Bruce delivered it to the<br />

Knox County Sheriff’s Office. This was the<br />

first piece that we did and then we sent one<br />

out to Fremont County, Iowa for another<br />

deputy sheriff.<br />

On February 21, 2023, we had delivered a<br />

couple pieces to the Kansas City Police Department<br />

for Officer James Muhlbaur and<br />

his K 9 Champ (EOW 2-15-23) who were<br />

killed in a traffic stop. We were already<br />

dropping off some other pieces of metal<br />

art in different parts of the state. Our hope<br />

was to just hand it off to the public information<br />

officer and leave. This turned into<br />

a two-hour encounter with the staff, chief,<br />

and the family. There were a lot of hugs<br />

and tears, and we called Bruce on the way<br />

home and decided it was time to establish<br />

this powerful mission and organization.<br />

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From left to right, Andrew Troje, Davenport Police Department,<br />

Kathy Long, Eric Long, Bruce Schwarz,<br />

and son Eric Long.<br />

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THE NEED FOR AWARENESS<br />

Metal4Valor now partners with the National<br />

Concerns of Police Survivors and<br />

well as the Iowa Chapter of COPS. We<br />

have become very aware of the gravity of<br />

the number of line of duty deaths and especially<br />

in the last twenty days alone. Although<br />

we were aware of the Officer Down<br />

Memorial Page, this has now become close<br />

and personal. We reach out to the agency,<br />

talk with the public information officer, and<br />

gather information. It is a difficult conversation.<br />

We express our condolences and<br />

then look for a clear image of their badge<br />

and a badge number and determine who<br />

will receive the piece so we can deliver it<br />

in time for the services. With the frequency<br />

of line of duty deaths in the last 3 weeks,<br />

we haven’t been able to keep up with that<br />

unfortunately. Our hope is to be able to<br />

bring some awareness to what is going on<br />

across our country through our art. It is an<br />

epidemic and we are trying to figure out<br />

how to slow this down and shed some light<br />

on this.<br />

THE CREATION PROCESS AND FUNDING<br />

NEEDS<br />

It is imperative that we create the piece<br />

and ship it quickly to make certain it arrives<br />

in time for services. It’s costs approximately<br />

$<strong>40</strong>0 for each piece and in just the<br />

last month, the losses have been so significant.<br />

Our commitment is not just law enforcement,<br />

we also support fire, EMS, and<br />

K 9. We have developed a solid network<br />

across the country that if an event happens<br />

out West, we have contacts who can provide<br />

the necessary information.<br />

We have developed a library of badges<br />

for different agencies, then we vectorize<br />

the badge. If we do not have the correct<br />

badge, we ask for an image from the agency.<br />

Once vectorized, it is designed, and<br />

layered. We then cut it with our fiber laser<br />

and utilize welding to hold the piece together.<br />

The staff at Premier Metal Art have<br />

been on board to assist as they understand<br />

how much this means to us. It is heavy on<br />

our heart, and they understand it too.<br />

Keith and Trish Sheldon, who own Premier<br />

Metal Art, have been gracious to give<br />

us the opportunity to grow this and essentially<br />

financed it for the first six months. We<br />

are finally starting to get some funds coming<br />

in so that Metal4Valor can now pay premier<br />

metal art for their assistance. We are<br />

currently fundraising, and some individuals<br />

have come through in the last couple<br />

weeks. We ordered some challenge coins<br />

as a fundraiser for Metal4Valor and have a<br />

golf tournament upcoming. This tournament<br />

is named after an undercover agent in<br />

Illinois. Dan and Tammy Roach purchased<br />

an old golf course and created a beautiful<br />

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<strong>40</strong>-acre mental health retreat for law enforcement<br />

(https://CornerstoneRetreatCenter.com).<br />

We all are the beneficiaries of a<br />

share of the golf tournament funds.<br />

PHOTOGRAPHS AND TESTIMONIALS<br />

It was not necessarily our intention to<br />

receive the deeply touching photographs<br />

of our pieces that are displayed at a funeral.<br />

Our intention was simply to gather the<br />

information from the agency to be able to<br />

present the badge to the family. Then we<br />

started getting pictures from Nevada Highway<br />

Patrol and different agencies showing<br />

the impact it made on the people receiving<br />

it. We have been able to talk to some family<br />

members who tell us what these pieces<br />

mean to them and treasure it as something<br />

very personal that their officer wore. It is a<br />

part of their identity and a part of them.<br />

We have been so fortunate to have many<br />

who have offered testimonials and support<br />

and wanted to share a few.<br />

“As a Retired Police Chief from the Davenport<br />

Iowa Police Department, I am<br />

honored to be part of the board of directors<br />

for Metal 4 Valor. This non-profit<br />

organization was founded in 2023 with<br />

the sole purpose of honoring heroes that<br />

sacrificed their life for their community<br />

and their families that will continue to<br />

sacrifice. Having 34 years of police service<br />

in Iowa with the Davenport Police Department<br />

I have experienced heroes making<br />

the ultimate sacrifice. The selfless act of<br />

honoring a first responder that gave their<br />

life is a way to give back to the men and<br />

women responders that I love so much.<br />

These beautiful pieces of art represent<br />

more than just a badge, they represent the<br />

life and heart that was behind that badge.<br />

They represent unwavering support from<br />

around the world for our first responders<br />

and their families. I am honored to be a<br />

small part of such an impactful group.<br />

God bless our first responders”. -Chief<br />

Paul M. Sikorski (Ret.) Davenport, Iowa<br />

“In times of profound loss and deep sor-<br />

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ow, the remarkable gestures of support<br />

and remembrance are what help us hold<br />

the line. Metal4Valor’s tribute through<br />

their metal art has not only honored the<br />

legacies of Sergeant Mike Abbate and<br />

Trooper Alberto Felix but has also provided<br />

a tangible symbol of valor and sacrifice<br />

that resonates deeply within the heart<br />

of our community. Their work serves as a<br />

beautiful reminder of the bravery and the<br />

bonds that define us. The Nevada Highway<br />

Patrol is grateful for their artistry<br />

and commitment to commemorating our<br />

fallen heroes. It is through such meaningful<br />

expressions of respect and remembrance<br />

that the spirits of our lost brothers<br />

continue to guide and inspire us. Thank<br />

you, Metal4Valor!” Nevada State Police –<br />

Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel Martin<br />

Mleczko<br />

“The Metal4Valor Foundation was born<br />

out of a desire of Kathy and Eric Long to<br />

honor emergency responders who gave<br />

their lives in the line-of-duty. Metal4Valor<br />

creates ornate, larger scale, custom replica<br />

services badges of the highest craftsmanship<br />

and detail. The Metal4Valor<br />

Foundation stands for the gratitude, respect<br />

and honor for those who run to danger,<br />

when others run from danger. Metal-<br />

4Valor seeks to honor the emergency first<br />

responders who have made the ultimate<br />

sacrifice by posthumously awarding the<br />

family of the fallen officer a living memorial<br />

of their sacrificial service” -James<br />

Gimbel- Business Owner/Board Member<br />

Metal4Valor board members are made<br />

up of current and retired members of law<br />

enforcement, FBI, and business owners.<br />

President: Steffan Nass<br />

Vice President: Paul Sikorski<br />

Secretary/Treasurer: James Gimbel<br />

At large: Mike Piazza<br />

At Large: Tom Schuetz<br />

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The following conferences represent only a few of the better<br />

police conferences you should attend in <strong>2024.</strong> A list of EVERY<br />

police conference will appear later this month in this section.<br />

If your group has a conference or training session scheduled<br />

for2024, please send the information to: bluespdmag@gmail.<br />

com.<br />

IACP Technology Conference<br />

When: <strong>May</strong> 21-23, 2024<br />

Where: Charlotte, <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

Why Attend: The IACP Technology Conference is a professional<br />

law enforcement information technology event bringing<br />

together leaders in law enforcement to discuss the best ways<br />

to adopt and apply new technologies in policing to keep pace<br />

with sophisticated cyber crimes. The event hosts up to 750+<br />

attendees, roughly 50 education sessions, and 75 industry exhibitors.<br />

National Sheriff’s Association Annual Education & Technology<br />

Conference 2024<br />

When: June 24-27, 2024<br />

Where: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma<br />

Why You Should Go: The NSA Annual Conference and Exhibition<br />

features vendor displays of products and equipment relevant<br />

to every aspect of law enforcement including; jails, prisoner<br />

transport, courtroom security, and police work.<br />

Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators<br />

When: June 24-27, 2024<br />

Where: New Orleans<br />

Why You Should Go: The IACLEA 2024 annual conference will<br />

provide campus law enforcement professionals with the best<br />

educational programming for university police, a vendor showcase,<br />

and training and tools to positively impact their jobs.<br />

FBI National Academy Associates Annual 2024 Conference<br />

When: July 20-23, 2024<br />

Where: Kansas City, Missouri<br />

Why Attend: FBINAA is one of the best networking events with<br />

more than 17,000 members from 170 countries. Training and<br />

learning sessions have been led by experts from the likes of FBI,<br />

NYPD, Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Defense,<br />

Homeland Security, US Army War College, Ontario Provincial<br />

Police, leading technology companies such as Microsoft, and<br />

major retailers.<br />

2024 Crimes Against Children Conference<br />

When: August 11-15, 2024<br />

Where: Dallas, TX2021 CACC<br />

The annual CACC event, typically held in Dallas, Texas, is organized<br />

by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and brings<br />

together up to 10,000 law enforcement and children advocates<br />

focused on preventing and addressing the repercussions of<br />

crimes against children.<br />

2024 National Interdiction Conference<br />

When: August 18-23, 2024<br />

Where: Anaheim, California<br />

Why Attend: This event focuses on training and influencing a<br />

pro-active “All Crimes” approach to criminal interdiction and is<br />

coordinated by the National Criminal Enforcement Association.<br />

Annual SMILE CONFERENCE 2024<br />

When: September 18-19, 2024<br />

Where: Palm Beach, FL.<br />

Why You Should Go: Hosted by the Scottsdale Police Department,<br />

the SMILE annual conference is the leading event devoted<br />

to Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement initiatives.<br />

The organization pioneered the adoption of social media by law<br />

enforcement agencies across the world for public outreach,<br />

crime prevention, and forensics.<br />

High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)<br />

When: September 19-22, 2023<br />

Where: Phoenix, AZ<br />

Why You Should Go: HTCIA features some of the world’s top industry<br />

leaders and is one of the most respected high technology<br />

investigation conferences in the world. Current practitioners<br />

who engage in high technology daily serve as both presenters<br />

and attendees.<br />

National Association for Civilian Oversight in Law Enforcement<br />

Conference<br />

When: October 13-17, 2024<br />

Where: Tucson, Arizona<br />

Why Attend: NACOLE started with its first event in 1995, and<br />

continuously works to put together comprehensive, informative,<br />

and inclusive programs that address skills training and current<br />

or emerging topics. This conference is best suited for civilian<br />

oversight practitioners, law enforcement officials, journalists,<br />

elected officials, students, community members, and others.<br />

International Association of Chiefs of Police 2024 Conference<br />

When: October 19-22, 2024<br />

Where: Boston, Massachusetts<br />

Why You Should Go: The IACP annual conference provides law<br />

enforcement leaders with the new strategies, techniques, and<br />

resources they need to successfully navigate the ever-evolving<br />

policing environment.<br />

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS<br />

Friday, <strong>May</strong> 10, 2024<br />

Global streaming release of Service and Sacrifice film!<br />

Saturday, <strong>May</strong> 11, 2024<br />

National Police K9 Memorial Service<br />

ODMP 5K<br />

Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 12, 2024<br />

Police Unity Tour Arrival<br />

Monday, <strong>May</strong> 13, 2024<br />

Candlelight Vigil<br />

Tuesday, <strong>May</strong> 14, 2024<br />

The 30th Annual Pipeband Memorial March and Service,<br />

Organized by the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES)<br />

<strong>May</strong> 14-16, 2024<br />

C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program<br />

Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 15, 2024<br />

Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service


PROUDLY PRESENTS THE 2024<br />

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Foundational Homicide<br />

Investigations Course<br />

The IHIA and the Tacoma Police Department<br />

will be holding our Foundational Homicide<br />

Investigations Course in Tacoma, Washington<br />

Topics Include:<br />

• Responsibilities of the<br />

Homicide Investigator<br />

• Investigative Considerations<br />

• Crime Scene Investigation<br />

• Evidence Processing<br />

• Lab Capabilities<br />

July 22-26, 2024<br />

Tacoma Police Department<br />

3701 S. Pine Street, Tacoma, WA 98<strong>40</strong>9<br />

$ 435<br />

<strong>No</strong>n Member<br />

Includes all training materials, IHIA membership, coffee each<br />

morning, and a networking event.<br />

The Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion is eligible for this course.<br />

(For further info, email us here.)<br />

REGISTER HERE<br />

$ 385<br />

IHIA Active Member<br />

BOOK HOTEL<br />

For questions, please contact:<br />

Lt. Steve Lewis (ret), (813) 299-9921, slewis@ihia.org<br />

Sr. Investigator Ed Striedinger, (206) 992-5610, estriedinger@ihia.org<br />

or visit IHIA.org<br />

Department credentials will be required at check-in. Individuals who do not have<br />

issued department credentials should contact us directly prior to arrival.<br />

• Suspect Development &<br />

Elimination<br />

• Interview & Interrogation<br />

• Exploitation of Digital<br />

Evidence<br />

• Cellular Analysis<br />

• Media & Public Information<br />

Officer Relationship<br />

• Criminal Investigative<br />

Analysis<br />

• Role of the Medical<br />

Examiner/Coroner<br />

• Investigative Resources<br />

(FBI ViCAP)<br />

• Child Abductions/Death<br />

Investigations<br />

• Documentation/Report<br />

Writing<br />

• Defense Attorney/<br />

Prosecutor Relationship<br />

• Legal Matters<br />

• Courtroom Testimony<br />

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Remembering and honoring our<br />

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Thank you all for your service,<br />

and keeping your loved ones<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

AGENT ELIEZER RAMOS-VELEZ<br />

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PUERTO RICO POLICE DEPARTMENT, PUERTO RICO<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024<br />

AGE: 35 TOUR: 12 YEARS BADGE: 36516<br />

Agent Eliezer Ramos-Velez was shot and killed while following several off-road vehicles whose riders had been<br />

shooting guns in the air and at passing cars along PR 26 at about 4:00 am. He was on his way home from his<br />

shift, driving his personal vehicle but still in uniform, when he witnessed the motorcycle and ATV riders shooting<br />

at vehicles as they drove along the highway. Agent Ramos-Velez radioed in the event and followed the vehicle<br />

along the highway and updated dispatchers as they turned into the Sabana Abajo Housing Project along Monserrate<br />

Avenue. After dispatchers received no additional radio contact from Agent Ramos-Velez, officers located<br />

his body in the driver’s seat of his vehicle inside the housing complex. His service weapon and police radio had<br />

been stolen. Agent Ramos-Velez had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 12 years. He is survived<br />

by his girlfriend and infant son.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

LEAD POLICE OFFICER ADAM BUCKNER<br />

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT, ARIZONA<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2024<br />

AGE: 31 TOUR: 6 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Lead Police Officer Adam Buckner was struck and killed in a vehicle crash while responding to a call for service.<br />

Around 10:00 p.m., Officer Buckner was traveling north on Campbell Avenue in Tucson with emergency<br />

lights and sirens activated. As he went through the green light at the intersection at East 6th Street, a vehicle<br />

failed to yield and turned into his patrol car. He was transported to Banner University Medical Center where he<br />

succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Officer Buckner had served with the Tucson Police Department for over two years and previously served with<br />

the New Orleans Police Department (Louisiana) for four years. He is survived by his wife, mother, brothers, and<br />

sisters.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

DEPUTY JERMYIUS YOUNG<br />

106 The <strong>BLUES</strong> POLICE MAGAZINE<br />

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ALABAMA<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2024<br />

AGE: 21 TOUR: 2 YEARS BADGE: 11718<br />

Deputy Sheriff Jermyius Young succumbed to injuries he received in a single-vehicle crash<br />

on April 3, 2024, in Montgomery County. AT 7:00 p.m., Deputy Young was assisting<br />

deputies in a vehicle pursuit when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree at the 4500<br />

block of Hobbie Road. He was transported to Baptist Medical Center South where he succumbed<br />

to his critical injuries two days later.<br />

Deputy Young was a United States Army Reserve veteran and had served with the Montgomery<br />

County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He is survived by his mother, father, three<br />

brothers, and two sisters.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

SERGEANT ANDREW JOHN FAUGHT<br />

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ILLINOIS<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2024<br />

AGE: 27 TOUR: 6 YEARS BADGE: 9559<br />

Correctional Sergeant Drew Faught was killed in a vehicle collision on St. Marie Road in<br />

Olney. At 7:30 a.m., Sergeant Faught was en route to a tactical call at the Lawrence Correctional<br />

Center. As he passed another vehicle in heavy fog, he crashed into another car.<br />

Correctional Sergeant Faught had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for six<br />

years and was assigned to the Tactical Response Team. He is survived by his parents and<br />

eight siblings.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

CHIEF OF POLICE STEVEN ALLEN SINGER<br />

Chief of Police Steven Singer suffered a fatal heart attack after several subjects fled from him near the dam<br />

at Lake Lafayette shortly before 6:00 pm. He had responded to the dam for reports of people trespassing<br />

and driving utility task vehicles (UTV) in the area. As he arrived at the scene, the subjects fled from him on the<br />

UTVs. He searched the area for the subjects before clearing the call. He returned home at the end of his shift,<br />

where he suffered a fatal heart attack overnight.<br />

Chief Singer had served with the Lake Lafayette Police Department for 20 years. He had also served concurrently<br />

in a part-time capacity with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years. He is survived by his<br />

fiancée, five children, granddaughter, parents, and siblings.<br />

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LAKE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT, MISSOURI<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2024<br />

AGE: 48 TOUR: 20 YEARS BADGE: 730


FALLEN HEROES<br />

LIEUTENANT RODNEY OSBORNE<br />

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION, OHIO<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2024<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 13 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Lieutenant Rodney Osborne was shot and killed during a training exercise at the Corrections Training Academy<br />

at 1781 State Route 762 in Orient, Ohio. He was training at the tactical firing range just before 11:30 a.m.<br />

when the incident occurred.<br />

Lieutenant Osborne had served with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for 13 years and<br />

was assigned to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, serving on the honor guard, special response team,<br />

and the statewide special tactics and response team. In the week prior to his death, he had received Employee<br />

of the Year recognition. He is survived by his wife and three children.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

SPECIAL AGENT DEREK SEAN BAER<br />

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UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTOR<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2024<br />

AGE: 49 TOUR: 15 YEARS BADGE: 862<br />

Special Agent Sean Baer was killed in a head-on vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 9 and Oak Lee<br />

Drive in Ranson, West Virginia, at about 1:50 pm. An oncoming vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed ran a<br />

red light, then crossed the median and struck Agent Baer’s department vehicle head-on. Agent Baer and the<br />

other driver were both killed in the crash.<br />

Agent Baer was a United States Coast Guard veteran. He had served with the United States Postal Service -<br />

Office of Inspector General for over nine years and as a federal law enforcement officer with the Department<br />

of State for over four years, the Department of Commerce for a year, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission<br />

for over a year. He is survived by his wife and three children.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

OFFICER ROSS BARTLETT<br />

CERESCO POLICE DEPARTMENT, NEBRASKA<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2024<br />

AGE: 54 TOUR: 30 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Ross Bartlett was killed when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle as he conducted a traffic<br />

stop on southbound Highway 77 near Little Salt Road at about 7:35 pm. He was sitting in his patrol car during<br />

the stop when a pickup truck struck his vehicle in the rear, pushing it into the car he had stopped. Bystanders<br />

attempted life-saving measures on Officer Bartlett before he was flown to Bryan Health West Campus where he<br />

succumbed to his injuries. Officer Bartlett had served with the Ceresco Police Department for seven years and<br />

had also concurrently served as an investigator with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services for seven<br />

years. He had served a total of 30 years in law enforcement and had previously served with the Valentine Police<br />

Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and<br />

Newman Grove Police Department. He also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Ceresco Fire Department.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

OFFICER JOSEPH MCKINNEY<br />

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MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT, TENNESSEE<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2024<br />

AGE: 26 TOUR: 3 YEARS BADGE: 14649<br />

Police Officer Joseph McKinney was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle at the intersection<br />

of Charter Avenue and Horn Lake Road at about 2:00 am. He and other officers were approaching the vehicle<br />

when the occupants opened fire on them. Officers returned fire before the car fled. The officers pursued the vehicle<br />

and took two wounded subjects into custody after it stopped. The adult subject died of his gunshot wounds<br />

and the juvenile subject suffered critical gunshot wounds. The adult subject was out on bond from an arrest the<br />

previous month in which he had been charged with possession of a modified semi-automatic weapon and two<br />

counts of grand larceny related to vehicle thefts. Officer McKinney was transported to Regional One Hospital<br />

where he succumbed to his wounds. Two other officers were wounded. Officer McKinney had served with the<br />

Memphis Police Department for over three years. He is survived by his wife.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

SERGEANT WILLIAM MARTY JACKSON, II<br />

Winchester Police Department, Kentucky<br />

End of Watch Sunday, April 14, 2024<br />

AGE: 73 TOUR: 51 YEARS BADGE: 38<br />

Sergeant Marty Jackson suffered a fatal heart attack after arresting a subject for disorderly conduct, public intoxication,<br />

and resisting arrest. At 3:56 a.m., Sergeant Jackson responded to a call for service at the Clark Regional<br />

Medical Center at 175 Hospital Drive in Winchester for a subject who was combative. The subject resisted<br />

arrest, and a struggle ensued until additional officers were able to help subdue the subject. Afterward, Sergeant<br />

Jackson felt shortness of breath and chest pains. At 7:00 p.m., he suffered a medical emergency while in his<br />

police cruiser. Sergeant Jackson was transported to an area hospital where, despite life-saving measures, he<br />

was unable to be revived. Sergeant Jackson had served with the Winchester Police Department for almost 47<br />

years and had served as the Chief of Police for the agency. He had previously served with the Paris Police Department<br />

(Kentucky) for almost four years. He is survived by his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

OFFICER MICHAEL E. JENSEN<br />

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SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT, NEW YORK<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024<br />

AGE: 29 TOUR: 2.5 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Michael Jensen and Lieutenant Michel Hoosock, of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, were<br />

shot and killed while attempting to locate a subject who had led officers on a vehicle pursuit earlier in the night.<br />

The officers requested assistance from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office after locating the vehicle at the<br />

home and observing firearms inside of it. As they set up a perimeter around the home officers heard the subject<br />

manipulating a firearm inside. Lieutenant Hoosock was in the backyard of a neighboring home when the man<br />

emerged from the home and opened fire on him with an AR-15, fatally wounding him. The man then went to<br />

the front of the home where he exchanged shots with other officers, fatally wounding Officer Jensen. T<br />

Officer Jensen had served with the Syracuse Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He is survived by his parents<br />

and sister.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

LIEUTENANT MICHAEL HOOSOCK<br />

ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, NEW YORK<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024<br />

AGE: 73 TOUR: 50 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Lieutenant Michel Hoosock and Police Officer Michael Jensen, of the Syracuse Police Department, were shot<br />

and killed while attempting to locate a subject who had led officers on a vehicle pursuit earlier in the night. The<br />

officers requested assistance from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office after locating the vehicle at the home<br />

and observing firearms inside of it. As they set up a perimeter around the home officers heard the subject<br />

manipulating a firearm inside. Lieutenant Hoosock was in the backyard of a neighboring home when the man<br />

emerged from the home and opened fire on him with an AR-15, fatally wounding him. Lieutenant Hoosock<br />

had served with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years. He had previously served with the Moyers<br />

Corners Fire Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

DEPUTY FRED FISLAR<br />

HENDRICKS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, INDIANA<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024<br />

AGE: 29 TOUR: 2.5 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff Fred Fislar was electrocuted when he came in contact with live wires while investigating a crash<br />

scene at State Road 267 and County Road 300 South near Plainfield at 11:57 p.m. on April 15, <strong>2024.</strong><br />

While on the scene, witnesses noticed Deputy Fislar on the ground near the power lines and used his radio for<br />

help. Deputy Fislar was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition and did not survive.<br />

Deputy Fislar was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s<br />

Office for over 2 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.<br />

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FALLEN HEROES<br />

INVESTIGATOR BRIAN HERBERT<br />

OSAGE NATION POLICE DEPARTMENT, TRIBAL POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024<br />

AGE: 56 TOUR: 28 YEARS BADGE: 605<br />

Investigator Brian Herbert suffered a heart attack while qualifying at the shooting range at 8657 Co Road 1701<br />

in Hominy, Oklahoma. After completing the pistol qualification, he started complaining of heartburn and feeling<br />

hot. While resting at 9:41 a.m., he fell over and went in and out of consciousness. Investigator Herbert was<br />

unable to be revived despite life-saving measures. Investigator Herbert was a United States Army veteran and had<br />

served with the Osage Nation Police Department for seven years. During his 28-year law enforcement career, he<br />

also served with the Collinsville Police Department (Oklahoma), Logan County Sheriff’s Department (Oklahoma),<br />

Walters Police Department (Oklahoma), City of Sparta Police Department (Kentucky), Clay City Police Department,<br />

where he was an interim Chief of Police, Barnsdall Police Department (Oklahoma), and Oklahoma State University<br />

Police Department (Oklahoma). He is survived by his wife, sister, uncle, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

DEPUTY ALFREDO “FREDDY” FLORES<br />

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, CA.<br />

END OF WATCH SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 20 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff Freddy Flores succumbed to injuries sustained six months earlier as the result of a fire inside a<br />

mobile shooting range at the Pitchess Detention Center in the 29300 block of The Old Road in Castaic. He and<br />

another deputy were inside the mobile shooting range, built inside a 53-foot semi-trailer when an equipment<br />

malfunction ignited a fire at about 9:30 am on October 10th, 2023. They both suffered severe burns before<br />

being rescued by fellow deputies and transported to a local hospital. Deputy Flores succumbed to his injuries on<br />

April 20th, <strong>2024.</strong><br />

Deputy Flores had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. He is survived by his<br />

wife, children, parents, and siblings.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

OFFICER JORDAN WINGATE<br />

OAKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA<br />

END OF WATCH SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024<br />

AGE: 29 TOUR: 3 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Jordan Wingate succumbed to injuries sustained on August 13th, 2018, while responding to a<br />

suspicious person call at the Port of Oakland. He was driving in the 1900 block of Middle Harbor Road at about<br />

2:50 am when a vehicle pulled into his path near Berth 55. Officer Wingate’s patrol SUV struck the vehicle and<br />

then struck a parked tractor-trailer. Rescue personnel extricated him from the vehicle and transported him to a<br />

nearby hospital. He medically retired in 2020 and remained under medical care until succumbing to his injuries<br />

on April 20th, <strong>2024.</strong><br />

Officer Wingate had served with the Oakland Police Department for three years and had previously served as a<br />

cadet with the department. He was recognized as Rookie of the Year in 2018.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

DEPUTY TOBIN BOLTER<br />

ADA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, IDAHO<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2024<br />

AGE: 27 TOUR: 7 YEARS BADGE: 6466<br />

Deputy Sheriff Tobin Bolter succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained at about 9:00 pm the previous night while<br />

making a traffic stop near the intersection of W Overland Road and S Raymond Street in Boise. He had just<br />

exited his patrol car and was approaching the vehicle he stopped when the driver opened fire on him before<br />

fleeing. A witness to the shooting called 911 and performed CPR on Deputy Bolter before medics arrived and<br />

transported him to a local hospital. Deputy Bolter succumbed to his wounds at about 10:00 am the following<br />

morning. Deputy Bolter had only served with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office for four months. He had a total of<br />

seven years law enforcement experience and had previously served with the Meridian Police Department and<br />

the Pleasant Hill Police Department in California.<br />

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FALLEN HEROES<br />

OFFICER LUIS M. HUESCA<br />

CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT, ILLINOIS<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2024<br />

AGE: 30 TOUR: 6 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Luis Huesca was shot and killed in the 3100 block of West 56th Street at about 2:55 am while<br />

driving home following his shift. Other officers were alerted to the shooting by gunshot detectors in the area and<br />

located Officer Huesca suffering from gunshot wounds. He was still in uniform, but his gun and his badge had<br />

been stolen along with his personal vehicle. He was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center<br />

where he succumbed to his wounds. The subject(s) are still at large.<br />

Officer Huesca had served with the Chicago Police Department for six years and was assigned to the Calumet<br />

District’s Priority Response Team.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

INVESTIGATOR JOHN HAMPTON CODDOU<br />

122 The <strong>BLUES</strong> POLICE MAGAZINE<br />

122 The Blues -- <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, TEXAS<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2024<br />

AGE: 50 TOUR: 20 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Investigator John Coddou was struck and killed while helping at the scene of a vehicle crash on the Grand Parkway<br />

in Houston. At 9:30 a.m., Investigator Coddou responded to a minor collision near the Cumberland Ridge<br />

Drive intersection. He parked on the center median with his lights activated. A truck traveling north swerved to<br />

avoid hitting the patrol vehicle and struck Investigator Coddou in the median.<br />

He was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Investigator Coddou was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for<br />

20 years. He is survived by his wife and mother


FALLEN HEROES<br />

OFFICER KYLE HICKS<br />

CORPUS CHRISTI POLICE DEPARTMENT, TEXAS<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2024<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Kyle Hicks succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four days earlier while responding to a domestic<br />

disturbance in the 4900 block of Burnham Drive. He and another officer located the apartment at about<br />

12:30 am and could hear a man and woman arguing inside. A male subject came to the door, and a struggle<br />

ensued, during which Officer Hicks was shot. The other officer was able to return fire and killed the subject.<br />

Officer Hicks was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. His organs were donated.<br />

Officer Hicks had served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and<br />

four children.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

SERGEANT IAN TAYLOR<br />

BILLERICA POLICE DEPARTMENT, MASSACHUSETTS<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2024<br />

AGE: 49 TOUR: 21 YEARS BADGE: 159<br />

Sergeant Ian Taylor was struck and killed by a piece of construction equipment while working an overtime<br />

assignment at the intersection of Boston Road and Pollard Street at about 2:00 pm. He was assisting a tractor-trailer<br />

pass through the construction zone when he was struck by an excavator that was backing up. Sergeant<br />

Taylor was transported to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Sergeant Taylor had served with the Billerica Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the<br />

Lawrence Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and three children.<br />

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FALLEN HEROES<br />

OFFICER RUSSELL CROXTON<br />

DUBACH POLICE DEPARTMENT, LOUISIANA<br />

END OF WATCH SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2024<br />

AGE: 51 YEARS TOUR: N/A BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Russell Croxton was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while conducting a traffic stop on US 167<br />

near Robert Lane shortly after 1:00 pm. The vehicle he was pulling over stopped in the right travel lane of the<br />

four-lane highway. As Officer Croxton spoke with the driver a tractor-trailer failed to move over and struck the<br />

back of his patrol truck before striking him and the other vehicle. Officer Croxton was transported to a local hospital<br />

where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Officer Croxton’s father, Sergeant Raymond Croxton, was killed in the line of duty on <strong>May</strong> 23, 1978, when he<br />

was involved in a crash during a vehicle pursuit while serving with the Ruston Police Department.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

OFFICER JOSHUA EYER<br />

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CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPT., NC<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 6 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Joshua Eyer succumbed to gunshot wounds he sustained while assisting in serving a warrant on a convicted<br />

felon in the 5500 block of Galway Drive in east Charlotte. At 1:30 p.m. members of the U.S. Marshals Carolinas<br />

Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve a felony warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The<br />

wanted subject ambushed them with a high-powered rifle and engaged them in a prolonged gun battle. Investigator<br />

Sam Poloche, Investigator Alden Elliott, and a Deputy United States Marshal were killed at the scene. Officer Eyer<br />

succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Three officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and<br />

a second Deputy United States Marshal were also wounded. Investigator Eyer had served with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg<br />

Police Department for six years and was the Officer of the Month for April <strong>2024.</strong> He is survived by his wife and<br />

three-year-old son.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

INVESTIGATOR SAMUEL POLOCHE<br />

NORTH CAROLINA DEPT. OF ADULT CORRECTION, NC<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 14 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Investigator Sam Poloche and Investigator Alden Elliott of the <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Department of Adult Correction, Police<br />

Officer Joshua Eyer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and a Deputy United States Marshal were shot<br />

and killed while attempting to serve a warrant in the 5500 block of Galway Drive in east Charlotte.At 1:30 p.m.,<br />

members of the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve a felony warrant for possession<br />

of a firearm by a convicted felon. The wanted subject ambushed them with a high-powered rifle and engaged<br />

them in a prolonged gun battle. Investigator Poloche, Investigator Elliott, and a Deputy United States Marshal were<br />

killed at the scene. Officer Joshua Eyer succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Investigator Poloche had served<br />

with the <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Department of Adult Correction for 14 years and was assigned to the Special Operations and<br />

Intelligence Unit. He is survived by his wife and two children.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

INVESTIGATOR WILLIAM “ALDEN” ELLIOTT<br />

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NORTH CAROLINA DEPT. OF ADULT CORRECTION, NC<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 14 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Investigator Alden Elliott and Investigator Sam Poloche of the <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Department of Adult Correction, Police Officer<br />

Joshua Eyer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and a Deputy United States Marshal were shot and<br />

killed while attempting to serve a warrant in the 5500 block of Galway Drive in east Charlotte. At 1:30 p.m., members of<br />

the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve a felony warrant for possession of a firearm<br />

by a convicted felon. The wanted subject ambushed them with a high-powered rifle and engaged them in a prolonged<br />

gun battle. Investigator Poloche, Investigator Elliott, and a Deputy United States Marshal were killed at the scene. Officer<br />

Joshua Eyer succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Investigator Elliott had served with the <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Department<br />

of Adult Correction for 14 years and was assigned to the Special Operations and Intelligence Unit. He is survived<br />

by his wife and child.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL THOMAS M. WEEKS<br />

UNITED STATES MARSHALS SERVICE,<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024<br />

AGE: 48 YEARS TOUR: 21 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas Weeks, Investigator Alden Elliott and Investigator Sam Poloche of the <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

Department of Adult Correction, and Police Officer Joshua Eyer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department<br />

were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant in the 5500 block of Galway Drive in east Charlotte.<br />

At 1:30 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve a felony<br />

warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The wanted subject ambushed them with a high-powered<br />

rifle and engaged them in a prolonged gun battle. Deputy U.S. Marshal Weeks had served with the United<br />

States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service for 13 years and previously served with the United<br />

States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection for eight years. He is survived by his<br />

wife and four children.<br />

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Remembering your first.<br />

BY MICHAEL BARRON<br />

I remember the first funeral I<br />

attended for a fallen officer. I was<br />

only 12 at the time and it was my<br />

grandfather’s funeral. He was an<br />

investigator for the Harris County<br />

SO under Buster Kern and everyone<br />

called him Big John. He wasn’t<br />

killed in the line of duty, he just<br />

passed away due to heart failure.<br />

But nevertheless, the SO back then<br />

gave you a military funeral no<br />

matter how you died.<br />

At age 12 you see everything<br />

much differently. The row of officers<br />

standing at attention seemed<br />

to go on forever, but there were<br />

probably less than 50. And I was<br />

not prepared for the 21-gun salute.<br />

But I stood at attention just like<br />

they did, because I wanted my<br />

grandpa to be proud of me.<br />

Ten years later, I would be<br />

standing in one of those rows of<br />

deputies as we laid to rest one of<br />

our own. I was proudly wearing<br />

a Harris County SO Badge with<br />

my Grandfather’s badge number,<br />

standing at attention while the<br />

honor guard fired a 21-gun salute.<br />

I didn’t think it would phase me<br />

at all, but it suddenly brought me<br />

back to “Big Johns” funeral. It was<br />

as if I was reliving his funeral and<br />

grieving all over again.<br />

Over the years, far too many<br />

times, I would relive this moment<br />

over and over again. Each time<br />

I prayed to our Heavenly Father<br />

that this would be the last. Please<br />

Father, make this the last time we<br />

gather together to honor one of<br />

our fallen brothers or sisters. But it<br />

wasn’t and it isn’t until this day.<br />

Every month, this magazine<br />

honors the Fallen. And with every<br />

page we complete, we hope and<br />

pray we don’t have to add another<br />

page. But we do. And with each<br />

page, each tribute to yet another<br />

senseless death of a young officer,<br />

you feel the pain their families<br />

feel. And some months, you meet<br />

that pain head-on when a family<br />

member will call to thank us for<br />

honoring their child, their spouse<br />

and even worse, their mom or dad.<br />

It’s a pain we live with every day<br />

with no end in sight.<br />

This month, we honor all 137 officers<br />

who died in the line in 2023.<br />

As we write down the names and<br />

place their photos, it all comes<br />

back. The day they died. The notice<br />

you received, the news story<br />

you had to write about how they<br />

died, and the day you created a<br />

page in the Memorial Edition. And<br />

the phone call, yes, the call. But<br />

despite the pain, they go on and<br />

we go on. It’s the calling we all<br />

have and we continue to walk the<br />

Thin Blue Line.<br />

Finally, there has to be a change<br />

in our government and our society<br />

to have respect for law enforcement<br />

officers and the job they do.<br />

We have to honor the sacrifice<br />

they make, and not worry about<br />

offending the suspects by calling<br />

them out for the thugs they are.<br />

We have to do better. As a people<br />

and a society. Some politicians<br />

want to defund the police, some<br />

actually do it, see the horrible<br />

consequences and then beg the<br />

cops to please come back.<br />

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, brothers<br />

and sisters, we must do better.<br />

We have to for our kids, their<br />

kids and their kids. If we want a<br />

better world for them, it has to<br />

start with us. Please pray that<br />

none of us have to stand at attention<br />

in that honorable line again,<br />

listening to the sounds of gunfire<br />

and seeing yet another folded flag<br />

being handed to a loved one.<br />

God Bless the Peacemakers, for<br />

they are the Children of God.<br />

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WORDS BY A POLICE OFFICER’S WIFE<br />

“Did you know that officer that died?”<br />

When an officer dies, the question<br />

is always, “Did you know<br />

him?” like somehow it could<br />

diminish the pain of a fallen officer<br />

if you had never met them.<br />

As the spouse of a police officer,<br />

I get that, as well – with an added,<br />

“Do you know his wife?”<br />

My response? Yes. I know her.<br />

I know that she finds herself<br />

alone a lot. I know she spends a<br />

lot of time explaining to family<br />

members, friends and co-workers<br />

why her officer husband is<br />

not with her. I know when someone<br />

asks what her husband does<br />

– she may have an alternative<br />

answer like ‘he works for the city<br />

(county or state)’ or ‘he’s a trash<br />

collector’, yet someone in the<br />

room always clarifies for her –<br />

he’s a cop.<br />

I know she probably has an<br />

alias on her social media profiles<br />

in case a suspect decides<br />

to find their arresting officer’s<br />

family. I know she’s proud of him<br />

and wants to put LE stickers on<br />

her car but won’t because she’s<br />

worried about getting run off<br />

the road or targeted. I know she<br />

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looks into every police car she<br />

pulls up next to. I know when he<br />

speaks to her in number code,<br />

she answers him in English.<br />

I know she cringes every time<br />

she hears the words “officer<br />

involved” and HATES the words<br />

“routine traffic stop”. I know she<br />

spends a lot of time defending<br />

her husband’s career choice<br />

and sometimes realizes that her<br />

silence is necessary. I know the<br />

justice system frustrates her, yet<br />

she relies on it anyway. I know<br />

that people feel it necessary to<br />

tell her of every contact they’ve<br />

had with LE – especially if it was<br />

bad, yet never seem to remember<br />

to tell her when they saw<br />

one do something nice.<br />

I know she sleeps alone a lot,<br />

spends her birthday, anniversary<br />

and her children’s birthdays<br />

wishing he were there. I know<br />

“date nights” on Wednesdays<br />

are better than a Saturday every<br />

single time. And I know when<br />

on that date, he will have to sit<br />

facing the door.<br />

I know when they do get a<br />

chance to go out, she’ll let him<br />

drive so as to not have to hear<br />

about her “escape route” or recite<br />

portions of the traffic code. I<br />

know that he’ll always recognize<br />

someone somewhere that he’s<br />

arrested. I know they probably<br />

have a ‘code word’ that means<br />

grab the kids and head the other<br />

way – I’ll meet you at the car.<br />

I know when her children are<br />

little, they are proud of their<br />

superhero. And as they grow into<br />

teenagers, they no longer offer<br />

what their dad does for fear<br />

it will make them unpopular.<br />

I know high school boys don’t<br />

want to date cop’s daughters.<br />

I know that she finds things in<br />

her washer that most people<br />

don’t have in their homes – from<br />

blue gloves to bullets – and<br />

thinks nothing of it. I know she’s<br />

picked a handcuff key out of her<br />

dryer more than once. I know<br />

she has learned to ignore the<br />

smell of his vest in July and buys<br />

Febreze by the gallon. I know her<br />

biggest load of laundry is black<br />

(or tan or blue). And they’re usually<br />

washed separately to make<br />

sure that any biohazard he’s


come in contact with doesn’t end<br />

up in the baby’s clothes.<br />

I know that she wants him to<br />

eat better, but knows a ‘good<br />

day’ for him means more than<br />

one trip to QT. I know that she<br />

buys Tupperware by the case to<br />

store leftovers in hoping he’ll eat<br />

a ‘real’ meal when he gets home.<br />

I know she’s watched him age,<br />

his hair gray and the sunspots<br />

show up on his left arm and<br />

neck.<br />

I know she has a hard time<br />

scheduling vacations because<br />

shift change is coming. I know<br />

that when one of his brothers<br />

is hurt – his vacation time will<br />

probably get donated to him<br />

anyway. I know that when it’s his<br />

regular day off, he will probably<br />

still get called to court – even if<br />

he worked all night.<br />

I know that a text message<br />

with two words – I’m okay – is<br />

like a sonnet or love song to<br />

most, especially when we see<br />

“breaking news” flash on our TV<br />

screens.<br />

I know that her favorite sounds<br />

are the garage door and the<br />

sound of Velcro. He made it<br />

home safely. And I know she can<br />

tell by the sound of his boots on<br />

the floor whether or not to ask<br />

how his day was.<br />

And I know that even though<br />

she knew his job had risks, and<br />

officers are dying in the line of<br />

duty – she never TRULY believed<br />

it would happen to hers.<br />

Do I know her? Yes. Have I met<br />

her? Yes.<br />

But if I didn’t know her you<br />

wouldn’t be able to tell the difference<br />

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A BADGE OF HONOR<br />

healing our heroes<br />

IT’S JUST A JOB!<br />

Have you ever found yourself<br />

saying, “Police Work, it’s JUST A<br />

JOB.” It pays the bills. I’m doing<br />

this until something better<br />

comes along! Well, if so, quit<br />

today. Yes, I said Quit Today!<br />

Police work is far from being<br />

Just a job. Police work is a calling.<br />

A career and a dedication to<br />

service which will have shortand<br />

long-term impacts on you<br />

and your family. A job that’s not<br />

made for everyone.<br />

Putting on a uniform and protecting<br />

the public, is one of the<br />

hardest jobs in our nation. If you<br />

have a mindset that It’s just a<br />

Job, you’re on the road to disaster.<br />

There’s trade and construction<br />

jobs, office, retail, hospitality,<br />

sales and transportation, that are<br />

always hiring. These are just a<br />

few options of “Just Jobs.”<br />

Police work, either alone,<br />

with a partner or in a team, will<br />

impact your life, their lives, and<br />

the lives of strangers all in an<br />

instant. Choices you make are<br />

sometimes made in a split second.<br />

Every day you perform your<br />

job, someone’s life hangs in the<br />

balance. Doesn’t matter the size,<br />

population or crime statistics<br />

where you work. Somewhere,<br />

someone is going to call upon<br />

you for help.<br />

Let’s break down some aspects<br />

of the JOB as a Law Enforcement<br />

Officer and take a deep dive into<br />

the things that might impact you<br />

136 The Blues - <strong>May</strong> ‘24<br />

and your family.<br />

First, let’s begin with the shift<br />

work or rotating tours. Our<br />

bodies need adequate rest to<br />

function properly. When rest or<br />

sleep patterns are interrupted,<br />

it knocks our entire system out<br />

of order. It has been medically<br />

proven that shift work can lead<br />

to health issues such as cardiovascular<br />

disease, diabetes,<br />

obesity, and stomach ulcers.<br />

These, along with a multitude of<br />

other health issues, usually come<br />

later in life but are a direct result<br />

of the work you performed as a<br />

cop. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?<br />

Let’s continue.<br />

Rotating shifts and long hours<br />

also cause collateral damage to<br />

relationships with spouses, children,<br />

friends, and family. Working<br />

holidays, weekends, missing<br />

birthdays, school functions and<br />

other family events take a toll on<br />

the ones we love most and who<br />

don’t wear the badge.<br />

Your protective gear can weigh<br />

over 30lbs, causing back and<br />

knee problems. After a 20-year<br />

career, your retirement insurance<br />

may or may not cover chiropractic<br />

expense or possible knee<br />

replacements.<br />

The media, Oh my god the media.<br />

That’s an article within itself.<br />

Mental Stress comes in so<br />

many different forms. Affecting<br />

each of us differently. The things<br />

we see, hear, smell and taste remain<br />

with us for the rest of our<br />

SAMANTHA HORWITZ &<br />

JOHN SALERNO<br />

lives. Every encounter you face<br />

changes the path or trajectory<br />

of your life. It changes the way<br />

we view and react to things. Our<br />

mind stays in a hyper vigilant<br />

state when many of these senses<br />

are recalled. We can become<br />

cynical, angry, depressed, lonely,<br />

violent, and secluded. We become<br />

a very different person<br />

from the one that graduated the<br />

academy. But it’s just a Job.<br />

The Divorce rate is 50% above<br />

the national average and much<br />

of the damage caused by what<br />

we call just “The Job.”<br />

The average pay scale runs<br />

between $55,000 to $90,000<br />

depending on location and rank.<br />

Is the pay worth the risk? What<br />

is your life worth? What is your<br />

family’s life worth? Add them<br />

together and I am sure it’s 1000X<br />

higher, if you could even put a<br />

price on it.<br />

Let’s talk Benefits. They differ<br />

from state to state, but still<br />

mostly suck. High co-pays and<br />

deductibles. When you retire,<br />

they are even worse if you receive<br />

them at all.<br />

Politics and Policy. There are


people who are sitting at a desk<br />

or in another state, telling you<br />

how to do your job? Making up<br />

rules that benefit the criminals<br />

and end up putting you in the<br />

defendant’s seat.<br />

Death. Well, we are all going<br />

to die no matter what job we<br />

work at, but we hope it to be<br />

much later in life surrounded by<br />

our loved ones where we can<br />

say our final good-byes. <strong>No</strong>t in a<br />

dark ally at the hands of a harden<br />

criminal.<br />

In the last 5 years, there have<br />

been over 1000 reported suicides<br />

nationwide from current or former<br />

officers. This doesn’t include<br />

those who were re-classified as<br />

accidental overdoses or single<br />

traffic accidents, nor does it<br />

keep accurate counts on retired<br />

officers. But they care about you.<br />

You can see that in the money<br />

they allocate for the smoke<br />

and mirror programs they offer.<br />

That’s why we must hide our<br />

mental trauma or seek outside<br />

help, to keep it from THE JOB.<br />

Sickness/Injury. Think about<br />

the environment you’ll work in<br />

daily. Law Enforcement is not<br />

regulated by OSHA, so many of<br />

the safety rules do not apply.<br />

Yes, we wear gear which kind<br />

of protects us from gunfire, but<br />

how about the other daily hazards<br />

we face. The car and foot<br />

chases through intersections and<br />

heavy traffic, the pursuits up exterior<br />

ladders over rooftops, the<br />

trip & fall hazards in the always<br />

changing terrain, encounters<br />

with wild and/or domestic animals,<br />

excessive environmental<br />

and chemical exposures. The list<br />

goes on and on.<br />

But we can fix all that with our<br />

newfound addictions which help<br />

cure the stress. We find it at the<br />

bottom of a cold beer, glass of<br />

wine or shot of scotch. <strong>May</strong>be<br />

a trip to the casino, scrolling<br />

through some porn or having an<br />

extra marital affair. Anything to<br />

get your mind off or forget about<br />

THE JOB. But there is nothing<br />

to worry about because it’s only<br />

just a JOB.<br />

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DARYL LOTT<br />

daryl’s deliberations<br />

National Police<br />

Memorial Month<br />

Federal decree declares the<br />

month of <strong>May</strong> to contain National<br />

Law Enforcement Memorial<br />

Week. It may get overshadowed<br />

at times by Memorial Day, which<br />

remembers those in the military<br />

who gave their lives for freedom.<br />

To me, the remembrances do not<br />

compete, but complement each<br />

other. Heroes are heroes.<br />

Last August, my grandson,<br />

Lincoln, and I toured Washington<br />

and visited Arlington among<br />

other notable destinations in the<br />

DC area. We walked from the<br />

capitol building to Judiciary<br />

Square to visit the National<br />

Memorial to Fallen Police<br />

Officers. It was a hot, sunny<br />

day but we kept to our<br />

walking schedule in order<br />

to find some names of<br />

friends of mine.<br />

If you have never been to<br />

the national memorial, you<br />

should put it on your list.<br />

We have our own memorial<br />

in Houston, but the national<br />

memorial is well worth the<br />

visit. There are two walls<br />

on the national site with the<br />

names of the fallen etched<br />

into the stone. To locate a<br />

particular name, one goes<br />

to a book, looks up the<br />

name, then notes the grid<br />

coordinates on one of the<br />

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walls.<br />

The index books are kept in a<br />

small niche along with tracing<br />

paper and pencils.<br />

I must warn you that when you<br />

open the book, the pages feel<br />

more like sacred scrolls than<br />

ordinary loose leaf binder sheets.<br />

As the visitor thumbs through<br />

the pages, they first search for<br />

the origin state and city as the<br />

Memorial groups the fallen with<br />

their comrades from the same<br />

cities and towns across America.<br />

Houston, as one can imagine,<br />

DARYL LOTT<br />

has numerous pages. My warning<br />

here is that the pages become<br />

difficult to manipulate as the<br />

visiting friend’s fingers tremble<br />

with the enormity of loss. Pages<br />

become difficult to decipher<br />

as eyes become saturated<br />

with tears. As visitors peruse<br />

the blessed pages, the names<br />

assail one’s decorum. Reminiscences<br />

and retrospections<br />

accompany each and every<br />

name. One cannot believe<br />

their friends are gone.<br />

Visitors make notes of<br />

locations and walk to the<br />

walls. They wonder what<br />

their reaction will be when<br />

they see their friend’s name<br />

marked on the holy cenotaph<br />

of the brave. The first look at<br />

the walls is overwhelming<br />

as one reckons the arithmetic.<br />

There are 23,785 names<br />

on the walls. The first line<br />

of death fatality occurred in<br />

1786. There have been 472


female police officers killed in<br />

the line of duty. Texas, as you are<br />

probably aware, has the unfortunate<br />

distinction of having lost the<br />

most officers: 1,981.<br />

<strong>May</strong> is the time to reflect on<br />

those who have gone before us.<br />

We stand on their shoulders as<br />

we make our way through life.<br />

Their sacrifices allow us to sleep<br />

peaceably in our beds. President<br />

Lincoln called the act of giving<br />

one’s life the “last full measure of<br />

devotion.”<br />

We you visit this place dedicated<br />

to the remembrance of<br />

our fallen heroes and friends, be<br />

warned, they come alive again, if<br />

only in your heart.<br />

Questions or Comments:<br />

DarylLott.Texas@gmail.com<br />

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DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

blue mental health<br />

The Police Unity Tour:<br />

Raising Awareness<br />

We continue to honor our<br />

survivors by dedicating this<br />

monthly mental health column<br />

to sharing the first-person<br />

journey of those who have<br />

been deeply impacted by a line<br />

of duty death and will continue<br />

until Police Week <strong>2024.</strong> As<br />

we listen to their voices, I am<br />

hopeful you will gain powerful<br />

life lessons and perspective,<br />

appreciation, and respect for<br />

those who continue to serve<br />

every day, and for those who<br />

have made the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

We should also never<br />

forget those left behind in the<br />

aftermath. This is the sixth and<br />

final story in the series.<br />

One of the most impactful<br />

demonstrations of honor for<br />

those who have died in the line<br />

of duty is observed through<br />

the Police Unity Tour. According<br />

to https://policeunitytour.<br />

com, Florham Park (NJ) Police<br />

Officer Patrick Montuore had a<br />

simple idea in 1997: organize a<br />

four-day bicycle ride from New<br />

Jersey to Washington, DC to<br />

raise public awareness about<br />

law enforcement officers who<br />

have died in the line of duty,<br />

and to ensure that their sacrifice<br />

is never forgotten. With<br />

that, the Police Unity Tour was<br />

formed. What started with 18<br />

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riders on a four-day fund-raising<br />

bicycle ride from Florham<br />

Park, NJ to the National Law<br />

Enforcement Officers Memorial<br />

in Washington, D.C. has grown<br />

into 9 chapters consisting of<br />

nearly 2,600 members nationwide<br />

who make the trip annually.<br />

Participants include riders,<br />

motorcycles, and support<br />

personnel.<br />

The journey is long and challenging,<br />

but for the Police Unity<br />

Tour participants it is what they<br />

prepare for throughout the year.<br />

Through fundraising and physical<br />

training, they know that<br />

their efforts raise awareness<br />

of the ultimate sacrifice made<br />

by so many law enforcement<br />

officers.<br />

The last leg of the journey<br />

ends at the Memorial, where<br />

the participants are greeted by<br />

friends, family, and survivors.<br />

Once there, many Police Unity<br />

Tour members present remembrance<br />

bracelets worn on their<br />

wrists throughout the journey<br />

to the families of the fallen.<br />

In <strong>May</strong> 2022, the Police Unity<br />

Tour was proud to donate $2.0<br />

million to the National Law<br />

Enforcement Officers Memorial<br />

Fund, bringing our total donations<br />

to more than $33 million<br />

since its inception. The Police<br />

DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

Unity Tour is the sponsor of the<br />

National Law Enforcement Museum’s<br />

Hall of Remembrance,<br />

the Memorial Fund’s Officer of<br />

the Month Award, and other<br />

special programs.<br />

One of our local retired deputies,<br />

Lee Bentley, offered his<br />

own words and journey on<br />

the Police Unity Tour. “In over<br />

25 years of serving in law<br />

enforcement, I’ve witnessed<br />

firsthand the sacrifices and<br />

challenges that police officers<br />

endure. Two of my four years<br />

as a motorman were spent<br />

escorting the families of fallen<br />

officers during Police Week. In<br />

my county alone, I’ve mourned<br />

the loss of 5 coworkers and<br />

friends who died in the line of<br />

duty. It’s disheartening to learn<br />

that the Police Memorial Wall<br />

in DC, a symbol of honor and<br />

remembrance, is not funded by<br />

the federal government. After<br />

retiring, in March 2020, I was


diagnosed with LGL Leukemia, a<br />

rare form of cancer. Despite my<br />

own health struggles, my close<br />

friend and zone partner, Coby<br />

Seckinger, stood by my side,<br />

ensuring my family and I had<br />

everything we needed. Tragically,<br />

on December 14,2020,<br />

Coby passed away from a<br />

sudden heart attack after a<br />

grueling shift, leaving me determined<br />

to fight for my health.<br />

Transforming from barely able<br />

to leave the couch to training<br />

for the Unity Tour Ride in July<br />

2022 was a monumental journey.<br />

With the unwavering support<br />

of fellow officers, riders,<br />

friends, and family, I conquered<br />

each grueling day of the ride.<br />

Pedaling towards the memorial<br />

wall on day three, with Coby’s<br />

name on my wrist, I felt a<br />

profound sense of purpose and<br />

determination. Though I initially<br />

thought one ride was enough,<br />

Coby’s wife’s heartfelt gratitude<br />

inspired me to continue. Knowing<br />

that my efforts could bring<br />

comfort to a fallen officer’s<br />

family fuels my resolve to keep<br />

riding and making a difference.<br />

This year, I will be riding in<br />

honor of Detective John Michael<br />

Gibson, United States<br />

Capitol Police, U.S. Government<br />

(End of Watch Friday, July 24,<br />

1998). Detective John Gibson<br />

was shot and killed after confronting<br />

the suspect who had<br />

shot and killed Officer Jacob<br />

Chestnut seconds earlier. Detective<br />

Gibson, who was in<br />

plainclothes, was shot after<br />

the suspect entered the office<br />

of Congressman Tom DeLay.<br />

Detective Gibson, who was<br />

assigned to protect Congressman<br />

DeLay, was immediately<br />

engaged in a gunfight with the<br />

suspect, at which point he was<br />

shot. Despite being mortally<br />

wounded; Detective Gibson was<br />

able to return fire and wounded<br />

the suspect. The suspect<br />

was known to the United States<br />

Secret Service prior to the<br />

incident as a person who had<br />

threatened the President of the<br />

United States. The suspect was<br />

found mentally unfit to stand<br />

trial. He remains in a psychiatric<br />

center. Detective Gibson had<br />

served with the United States<br />

Capitol Police for 18 years. He<br />

was survived by his wife and<br />

three children. He is buried in<br />

section 28, lot #1<strong>40</strong>, map grid<br />

U-42, Arlington National Cemetery,<br />

Arlington, Virginia.<br />

For more information on the<br />

services and resources offered<br />

by Concerns of Police Survivors,<br />

please visit Concerns of Police<br />

Survivors (C.O.P.S.)<br />

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after she allegedly threatened<br />

to murder public officials at a<br />

city council meeting in Bakersfield.<br />

The woman, identified as<br />

28-year-old Riddhi Patel,<br />

cried as she pleaded not guilty<br />

to 18 felony counts for alleged<br />

comments directed to Bakersfield<br />

city council members and<br />

Republican <strong>May</strong>or Karen Goh<br />

for not backing a Gaza ceasefire<br />

resolution against Israel<br />

and for installing metal detectors<br />

at city hall. She has eight<br />

counts of threatening a public<br />

official and 10 counts of making<br />

terroristic threats.<br />

According to KGET, at her<br />

arraignment, she was ordered<br />

held on a $1 million<br />

bond and to stay at least 500<br />

yards away from city hall.<br />

Court Commissioner Sally<br />

Ackernecht told Patel that<br />

she must also stay away from<br />

the homes and businesses of<br />

those who whom her remarks<br />

were intended for during the<br />

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meeting.<br />

Patel was reportedly seen on<br />

video during the public comment<br />

section of a city council<br />

meeting that was held on<br />

Wednesday, April 10th, claiming<br />

that she hoped oppressed<br />

minorities would “guillotine”<br />

city government members, declaring<br />

that even Jesus Christ<br />

would kill them, and threatening<br />

to go to their houses and<br />

murder them. The video, that<br />

has been widely dispersed<br />

on social media show Patel<br />

saying, “We’ll see you at your<br />

house, we’ll murder you.”<br />

Patel accused the city council<br />

members of not caring about<br />

the oppression of Palestinians<br />

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or people anywhere else in<br />

the world and later expressed<br />

hope that the “global south”<br />

will rise up and execute them.<br />

She said, “I remind you that<br />

these holidays that we practice,<br />

that other people in the<br />

global south practice, believe<br />

in violent revolution against<br />

their oppressors, and I hope<br />

one day somebody brings the<br />

guillotine and kills all of you<br />

mother (expletive).”<br />

Later in the meeting, she<br />

blasted the mayor and city<br />

council for installing metal detectors<br />

in the building, calling<br />

it an “attempt to criminalize<br />

protesters.” After unleashing<br />

her many threatening com-


ments, the mayor called on<br />

police present at the meeting<br />

to escort Patel out of the<br />

building. According to the Los<br />

Angeles Times, Patel grew<br />

up in Bakersfield and works<br />

as the economic development<br />

coordinator for a local nonprofit.<br />

Several other protesters,<br />

who have called on the city<br />

council to pass a resolution<br />

condemning Israel’s actions in<br />

the way against Hamas, have<br />

been arrested at past meetings<br />

for refusing to leave once<br />

the chambers were ordered<br />

cleared. Of those, two face<br />

felony counts, one for allegedly<br />

breaking a glass door<br />

at city hall causing an estimated<br />

$2,000 in damage.<br />

The mayor declined to comment,<br />

telling a local television<br />

station that “since the incident<br />

is under investigation,<br />

it’s not appropriate for me to<br />

offer comments.” However,<br />

Vice <strong>May</strong>or Andrae Gonzales<br />

told KGET-TV Channel 17 that<br />

the exchange between Patel<br />

and the city council members<br />

was “deeply concerning” and<br />

“completely inappropriate.” He<br />

added, “The city can’t function<br />

during a public council meeting<br />

if we’re being continuously<br />

disrupted.”<br />

The United Liberation Front,<br />

the local group calling for<br />

a cease-fire, publicly condemned<br />

Patel’s comments,<br />

saying, “It does not represent<br />

those of us in the community<br />

who continue to show up and<br />

exercise our civic duty.”<br />

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Hollywood Park Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 05/05/2024<br />

Stanton Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 05/06/2024<br />

Tye Police Department Get Info Peace Officer 05/03/2024<br />

Tahoka Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 05/11/2024<br />

Jones County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff 05/13/2024<br />

Mathis Police Department Get Info Police Patrol Officer 05/13/2024<br />

Hays County Sheriff Office Get Info Deputy Law Enforcement 05/14/2024<br />

Texas City Police Department Get Info Peace Officer 05/15/2024<br />

Pampa Police Department Get Info Police Officer 05/11/2024<br />

Mineola ISD Police Department Get Info District Police Officer 05/18/2024<br />

Hemphill Police Department Get Info Police Officer 05/18/2024<br />

West Lake Hills Police Department Get Info Police Officer 05/18/2024<br />

Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 05/17/2024<br />

Lake Jackson Police Department Get Info Police Officer 05/18/2024<br />

Kaufman ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officers (Certified) 05/20/2024<br />

Panola College Police Department Get Info Peace Officer 05/20/2024<br />

Stratford Police Department Get Info Patrol/Interdiction Office 05/20/2024<br />

Colorado County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Jailer 05/21/2024<br />

Grimes County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 05/21/2024<br />

Floydada Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 05/20/2024<br />

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Criminal Investigator 05/21/2024<br />

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff (Transport) 05/21/2024<br />

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff (Mental Health) 05/21/2024<br />

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff (Livestock) 05/21/2024<br />

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Bailiff (Deputy Sheriff) 05/21/2024<br />

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy 05/21/2024<br />

San Marcos Police Department Get Info Lateral (certified) Police Officer 05/03/2024<br />

Lexington Police Department Get Info Police Officer 05/15/2024<br />

League City Police Department Get Info Police Officer 05/18/2024<br />

Terry County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 06/01/2024<br />

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Get Info Police Officer 06/30/2024<br />

Aubrey ISD Police Department Get Info School Police Officer 06/01/2024<br />

Duncanville Police Department Get Info Peace Officer 06/04/2024<br />

Argyle ISD Get Info Police Officer 06/09/2024<br />

Venus ISD Police Department Get Info Police Sergeant 06/30/2024<br />

Venus ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 06/30/2024<br />

Blanco Police Department Get Info Police Officer 06/10/2024<br />

Brady Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 06/01/2024<br />

Harris County Constable Pct. 8 Get Info Patrol Deputy 06/07/2024<br />

Tarrant Regional Water District Get Info Patrol Officer 05/10/2024<br />

Santa Anna Police Department Get Info Police Officer 06/09/2024<br />

Mesquite Police Department Get Info Police Officer 05/08/2024<br />

City of Kingsville Get Info Entry Level Police Officer 05/17/2024<br />

Bexar County Sheriff Office Get Info Law Enforcement Deputy 06/15/2024<br />

Horseshoe Bay Police Department Get Info Police Officer 06/15/2024<br />

Gainesville ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 06/16/2024<br />

Wylie Police Department Get Info Police Officer Testing 05/18/2024<br />

Bastrop Police Department Get Info Patrol Lieutenant 06/17/2024<br />

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff 06/18/2024<br />

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff Cadet (Detention Officer) 06/18/2024<br />

Sour Lake Police Department Get Info Full-Time Patrol Officer 06/21/2024<br />

Blanco County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 07/12/2024<br />

Texas Woman’s University Police Get Info Police Officers 06/24/2024<br />

Brown County Water Improvement Get Info Lake Patrol 06/22/2024<br />

West Texas A&M University Police Get Info Police Officer 06/25/2024<br />

Randall County Sheriff’s Office Get Info School Resource Office 06/25/202<br />

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NOW HIRING<br />

LE job positions<br />

WELCOME ABOARD PASADENA PD<br />

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ADCRR is Hiring<br />

Correctional Officers<br />

1-888-545-RUSH<br />

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This Is How We Serve<br />

Serve With Us<br />

Idaho State Police<br />

Apply now through<br />

March 3rd<br />

To Serve and protect<br />

the citizens<br />

of Idaho<br />

K9 Teams<br />

Commerical Vehicle Safety<br />

Investigations<br />

www.isp.idaho.gov<br />

Capitol Protective Services<br />

SWAT<br />

Crash Reconstruction<br />

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JOIN OUR TEAM!<br />

ARANSAS PASS POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

IS HIRING FOR<br />

TCOLE CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS<br />

The Aransas Pass Police Department is a progressive agency, employing some of the sharpest<br />

minds and equipping them with some of the best technology available. We continue to seek<br />

applications from those desiring to become part of our law enforcement family.<br />

Making a positive dierence in our community is what APPD is all about! Are you in?<br />

Opportunities<br />

Bike Patrol<br />

Crisis Intervention Team<br />

DEA Task Force<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Gang/Narcotics Investigations<br />

Criminal Investigations Div.<br />

Marine Patrol & Dive Team<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

TCOLE Training Instructor<br />

Salary<br />

Annual Salary:<br />

$44,200.00 Base<br />

$6,600 Retention Stipend<br />

Hourly Incentives:<br />

$1.50 Max for College Degree<br />

$0.50 Per TCOLE License Step<br />

$0.50 Bi-Lingual<br />

$0.50 Special Assignment<br />

Benefits<br />

Paid Bereavement Leave<br />

Cell Phone<br />

Holiday Pay/Leave<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Paid Personal Leave<br />

Sick Leave<br />

TMRS Retirement (2:1 at 6%)<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Vacation Leave<br />

Weapon Purchase Program<br />

Point of contact: Administrative Captain Troy Poe (361) 758-5224 ext. 2421 or tpoe@aptx.gov<br />

For an application or more information visit: police.aptx.gov/jobs<br />

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The City of Aransas Pass is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.


ALDINE ISD<br />

POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

JOIN OUR TEAMAPPLY AT<br />

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS<br />

• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Vacation<br />

• Paid Holidays<br />

• Personal Days<br />

• Teacher Retirement System<br />

TCOLE CERTIFICATION INCENTIVE<br />

• Intermediate PO: $2,<strong>40</strong>0<br />

• Advanced PO: $4,800<br />

• Master PO: $7,200<br />

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be 21 Years Of Age<br />

• Must Hold an Active Tcole Peace Officer License<br />

• Must Complete the Following:<br />

• Pass Physical Agility Test<br />

• Background Investigation<br />

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• Drug Screening<br />

ALDINEISD.ORG<br />

STARTING SALARY $55,000 WITH NO EXPERIENCE<br />

UP TO $85,000 DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE<br />

ALDINE ISD PD OFFERS<br />

DEPARTMENT BENEFITS<br />

• Uniforms Provided, Including Duty Weapon<br />

• Department Provided Training<br />

• Starting Pay Depends on<br />

Qualifications / Experience<br />

• TCOLE Certification / Education Pay<br />

• Most Officers work Day Shift with Weekends Off<br />

(INCENTIVE PAY FOR DETECTIVES, K-9 HANDLERS, AND<br />

FIREARM INSTRUCTORS.)<br />

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT<br />

SGT. HALL AT 281.442.4923<br />

OR VISIT ALDINEISD.ORG<br />

SPECIALIZED DIVISIONS<br />

• Criminal Investigations<br />

• Emergency Response Team<br />

• Honor Guard<br />

• Gang Task Force<br />

• Community Outreach Division<br />

• K-9 Division<br />

• Firearm Instructor<br />

$1,000 SIGNING BONUS


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NOW<br />

HIRING<br />

BIG SPRING PD IS NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICERS<br />

• 100% PAID ACADEMY TRAINING FOR<br />

NON-CERTIFIED CADETS<br />

• EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS ARE PROVIDED<br />

INCLUDING TAKE HOME VEHICLES<br />

• TMRS RETIREMENT (2:1 CITY MATCH)<br />

• 100% EMPLOYEE MEDICAL AND LIFE<br />

INSURANCE PREMIUM PAID BY THE CITY<br />

• PAID VACATION AND HOLIDAYS<br />

• PAID SICK LEAVE<br />

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• LONGEVITY PAY FOR YEARS OF SERVICE<br />

• EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM<br />

• PROGRESSIVE ANNUAL IN-SERVICE<br />

TRAINING AND EXTERNAL TRAINING<br />

OPPORTUNITIES.<br />

• OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIVERSE<br />

EXPERIENCE IN ASSIGNMENTS SUCH AS<br />

SWAT, NARCOTICS, TRAFFIC, AND CRIMINAL<br />

INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION<br />

• $1500 ACADEMY REIMBURSEMENT AND<br />

$2<strong>40</strong>0 RELOCATION PAY FOR CERTIFIED<br />

OFFICERS<br />

$55,900 STARTING ANNUAL SALARY FOR CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS.<br />

ENTRY LEVEL TESTING ON AUGUST 1, 2023<br />

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JULY 26, 2023<br />

APPLY NOW AT WWW.MYBIGSPRING.COM<br />

THE CITY OF BIG SPRING IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


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October 15<br />

WATCH FOR NEW TEST DATES<br />

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Cuero Police Department<br />

<strong>No</strong>w Hiring for Patrol Officer Position<br />

Department Benefits<br />

14 Paid Holidays<br />

2 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

Certification Pay<br />

100% Insurance Paid for Employees<br />

Retirement 2 to 1 match (20yr Retirement)<br />

FSA for Employees<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Equipment & Uniforms Provided Including Duty Weapon w/ Red Dot Sight<br />

Take Home Vehicle Within Surrounding Counties<br />

10 Hour Work Shifts<br />

Membership Paid to Local Gym<br />

Department Provided Training<br />

Off-duty Security Opportunities<br />

Cell Phone Stipend<br />

Starting Pay Depends on Qualifications<br />

Requirements: Must be TCOLE Certified or currently enrolled in an accredited Police<br />

Academy and pass a background investigation.<br />

Email TCOLE Personal History Statement to sellis@cityofcuero.com<br />

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DALLAS POLICE department<br />

WE aRE HIRING<br />

Lateral Entry Police officers<br />

INCENTIVE PAYS<br />

Education Pay Up to $2,880/yearly<br />

Bachelor’s Degree $3,600/yearly<br />

Intermediate Cert. $600/yearly<br />

Advanced Cert. $4,800/yearly<br />

Master Peace Officer $7,200/yearly<br />

Shift Differential 3.5% - 6.5%<br />

FTO Pay<br />

$1,200/yearly<br />

Language Pay Up to $1,800/yearly<br />

3 years experience<br />

$80,431<br />

4 years experience<br />

$82,736<br />

5 years experience<br />

$85,109<br />

BENEFITS<br />

Assistance with state licensing<br />

endorsement<br />

15 paid vacation days/year (does<br />

not expire)<br />

Relocation assistance<br />

<strong>No</strong> residency requirement<br />

Wellness Unit and Peer Support<br />

6 Weeks maternity/paternity leave<br />

Health/Vision/Dental/Life<br />

Insurance<br />

Load Bearing Vests<br />

All Equipment provided at no cost<br />

Minimum Qualifications:<br />

Subject to same hiring process as all other police officer applicants<br />

Will have college credit hours substituted<br />

Must have 36 months certified, full-time, law enforcement experience<br />

Must not have any pending disciplinary actions or investigations<br />

Out of state applicants will complete state licensing process prior to entry into the lateral<br />

academy<br />

Apply now at<br />

www.dallaspolice.gov<br />

DALLAS POLICE RECRUITING<br />

1<strong>40</strong>0 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215<br />

(214) 671-4<strong>40</strong>9<br />

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PLACE YOUR<br />

DEPARTMENT’S AD<br />

HERE FOR ONLY<br />

$250<br />

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GALVESTON<br />

COUNTY<br />

SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

Seeking Individuals Who Are Interested in a Rewarding Career in Corrections<br />

Begin Your Career Today!<br />

GALVESTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELIGIBILITY<br />

Position: Corrections Deputy I<br />

Bureau/Division: Corrections/Jail<br />

Title/Rank: Corrections Deputy/Deputy I<br />

Reports to: Sergeant - Corrections<br />

Starting Salary: $51,250.00<br />

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES<br />

Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and<br />

inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks.<br />

Preparation and proper completion in the documentation of inmate records.<br />

Issues inmate meals, clothing, linens, and personal items.<br />

Supervise inmate programs (recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services)<br />

Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities, enforce inmate handbook rules.<br />

Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility and continuously observe<br />

locations and activities of inmates.<br />

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS<br />

• High School / GED Certificate and must be at least 18 years of age.<br />

• Must be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the contiguous United States for a period of time sufficient to conduct a<br />

background investigation.<br />

• Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and mandatory shifts when needed.<br />

• Must be able to work during natural disasters and or under declarations.<br />

• Must possess a valid Texas driver's license and an acceptable driving record as determined by the Galveston County<br />

Sheriff's Office in effect at the time of application.<br />

• Must have favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked.<br />

• Must have a stable credit history.<br />

• Must possess good computer skills and demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.<br />

• <strong>No</strong> conviction above a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years nor have been on or<br />

currently on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense and no Family Violence<br />

convictions of any level.<br />

• Applicant must pass all phases of the required testing.<br />

• Must be eligible for licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for the position applied for, if not<br />

presently licensed.<br />

TO APPLY<br />

An applicant interested in any of GCSO position shall first download, complete and return<br />

the Application Packet, per the instructions on the downloadable form.<br />

The Application Packet can be found at SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV<br />

JOIN US<br />

VISIT SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV TO APPLY!<br />

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The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />

CONTACT US<br />

<strong>40</strong>9.763.7585 : SO.EMPLOYMENT@GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV


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GOOSE CREEK CISD PD<br />

NOW RECRUITING<br />

POLICE OFFICERS !<br />

POSITION DETAILS:<br />

Provides law enforcement services to the school district to prevent and protect all students, personnel,<br />

and visitors from physical harm and prevent property loss due to theft or vandalism. Enforce all<br />

laws including municipal ordinances, county ordinances, and state laws.<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

2<strong>40</strong> or 202 Duty Day Schedule<br />

Competitive Salary - MTD9* Starting<br />

Stipends available for Intermediate, Advanced and Master TCOLE License<br />

Various opportunities including K9, Patrol, Investigations, FTO, Instructor and more<br />

REQUIREMENTS:<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

Current TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

Ability to pass comprehensive background<br />

Ability to pass medical, drug and psychological<br />

exams<br />

HIRING PROCESS:<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

Online Application<br />

Complete preliminary interview<br />

Complete background investigation<br />

Complete Oral Board Interview<br />

Conditional Job Offer<br />

Complete Medical, Psychological and Drug Screen<br />

PREFERRED:<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

Intermediate TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

Bilingual<br />

Previous ISD PD experience<br />

Background in law enforcement<br />

Contact us at 281-422-6461 to speak with a recruiter.<br />

Apply online @ https://www.gccisd.net/page/employment.home<br />

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ARE WE<br />

HIRING<br />

Criminal Background<br />

Pass<br />

proficiently<br />

Type<br />

Nights, Weekends & Holidays<br />

Work<br />

Speaking Preferred<br />

Spanish<br />

11th Street<br />

1015<br />

Texas<br />

Hempstead,<br />

Hour work schedule<br />

12-<br />

every other weekend<br />

off<br />

THE CITY OF<br />

TELECOMMUNICATIONS DIVISION<br />

HEMPSTEAD POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

Dispatchers<br />

QUALIFICATIONS<br />

18 years of age<br />

Minimum<br />

Starting Salary: $41,600<br />

B E N E F I T S<br />

BlueCross Blue Shield<br />

Vision & Dental Insurance<br />

Longevity Pay > 1 year<br />

Certificate Pay<br />

Uniform Shirts Provided<br />

77445<br />

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JOIN OUR TEAM<br />

Hempstead's Finest<br />

BECOME A HEMPSTEAD POLICE OFFICER<br />

Starting Salary: $57,750<br />

- BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD<br />

- VISION & DENTAL INS<br />

- CERTIFICATE PAY<br />

- WEAPONS ISSUED<br />

- OFF EVERY OTHER WEEKEND<br />

- CONTINUING TRAINING<br />

NOW HIRING 3 POLICE OFFICERS<br />

HPD BOASTS:<br />

- Training Provider<br />

- Canine Program<br />

- Narcotics Investigation<br />

- Crash Investigators<br />

- Telecommunications<br />

Division<br />

1015 11th St Hempstead, TX<br />

hpdrecruing@hempsteadcitytx.gov<br />

Or call us at: (979) 826-3332<br />

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Place your department’s recruiting ad<br />

in The <strong>BLUES</strong> for only $250 for an<br />

entire year, only $20 a month.<br />

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LATERAL DEPUTY<br />

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PLACE YOUR<br />

DEPARTMENT’S AD<br />

HERE FOR ONLY<br />

$250<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

LATERAL DEPUTY<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on<br />

Law Enforcement (TCOLE) in good standing<br />

• Must be currently employed as a Peace Officer (any break in<br />

service will be considered on a case-by-case basis)<br />

• Must have a minimum of 12 consecutive months experience as a<br />

Peace Office at any one agency<br />

• Must successfully pass the HCSO Physical Abilities Test (PAT)<br />

• Meet HCSO firearms qualification standard<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as<br />

required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a physical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Valid driver’s license and liability insurance (Texas by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color, and<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• A two (2) year minimum commitment to Patrol before being<br />

eligible to transfer to other Bureaus<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

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TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas


WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• High School Diploma or G.E.D.<br />

• A minimum of 6 months of work experience in emergency<br />

dispatch, call center, customer service, or a closely related field<br />

• Must successfully complete Telecommunicator training and pass<br />

all testing required to obtain TCOLE certification within a year<br />

of employment<br />

• At least 18 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color, and<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as<br />

required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Demonstrated proficiency with computer and related software,<br />

i.e., Word/Excel, writing correspondence, reports, and<br />

processing documents. (In-person testing required)<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

DEPUTY CADET<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• At least 60 college credit hours and/or 2 years of military<br />

experience with an honorable discharge<br />

• At least 21 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Valid driver’s license and liability insurance (Texas by start date)<br />

• Must successfully pass the HCSO Physical Abilities Test (PAT)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color, and<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.)<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Must pass all required testing<br />

YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER<br />

STARTS HERE, JOIN OUR ACADEMY!<br />

• Must pass all required testing upon completion of the Basic<br />

Peace Officer Course (BPOC), sworn Deputies must successfully<br />

complete the Field Training Program (FTP) before receiving a<br />

Patrol assignment<br />

• A two (2) year minimum commitment to Patrol before being<br />

eligible for other Bureaus<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

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TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas


WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

DETENTION OFFICER<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

Ask About Our Hiring Incentive<br />

• High School Diploma or G.E.D<br />

• U.S. Citizen<br />

• At least 18 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color,<br />

and peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass all pre-employment testing<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.)<br />

as required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required<br />

by TCOLE<br />

Lateral Detention Officer:<br />

If you have verifiable experience as a correctional officer or a<br />

jailer from any correctional facility, we will pay you up to 14<br />

years for your experience.<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

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THE KILLEEN POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

IS NOW<br />

Hiring<br />

FOR THE POSITION OF<br />

Police Officer<br />

Online Applications<br />

will open:<br />

July 31, 2023<br />

Application Deadline:<br />

September 15, 2023<br />

Civil Service Exam will<br />

be:<br />

September 24, 2023<br />

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Starting pay - $57,889<br />

Paid: Vacation, Holiday & Sick Leave<br />

$15K Sign-on incentive for TCOLE<br />

certified Peace Officers<br />

College Degree pay incentive<br />

7% retirement plan through TMRS<br />

with a 2:1 match ratio<br />

Comprehensive Benefits Package<br />

Opportunity to work in various<br />

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L A P O R T E<br />

P O L I C E D E P A R T M E N T<br />

Lateral Police Officer<br />

Starting Pay $ 62,416. to $73,775.<br />

Effective October 1, 2022<br />

<strong>No</strong> prior experience required. High School diploma or GED required.<br />

Possession of Class C Texas Driver License.<br />

Must possess a TCOLE License or be enrolled in accredited Basic Peace Officer Academy.<br />

Certification Pay (bi-weekly):<br />

$46.15 - Intermediate Peace Officer<br />

$69.23 - Advanced Peace Officer<br />

$92.31 - Master Peace Officer<br />

Education Pay (bi-weekly):<br />

$46.15 - Associates Degree<br />

$69.23 - Bachelors Degree<br />

$92.31 - Masters Degree<br />

Employee Benefits:<br />

Medical / Dental / Vision Insurance<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

TMRS Retirement (2 to 1 match)<br />

ICMA Deferred Compensation/Roth IRA<br />

$1,000 Physical Fitness Program<br />

Weapon Purchase Program<br />

Take-home Vehicles<br />

Specialized Divisions:<br />

SWAT / Bomb Squad<br />

Bike Patrol<br />

Criminal Investigative Division<br />

Crime Scene Unit<br />

Drone Pilots<br />

School Resource Officers<br />

Traffic/DOT Officers<br />

Police Area Representatives<br />

Apply online at<br />

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Paid Leave Benefits<br />

15 days vacation (Civil Service)<br />

15 days sick leave<br />

Military Leave<br />

9 observed holidays per year<br />

2 employee holidays per year<br />

Bereavement Leave<br />

Comp Time<br />

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BENEFITS:<br />

- 10 Paid Holidays a year<br />

- 15 Paid Sick Days a year<br />

- Paid Vacation<br />

- Take-Home Car Program<br />

- Duty Equipment and Weapon Provided<br />

- Tuition Reimbursement for College<br />

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• 457 Deferred Compensation p lan with 3.76% city match<br />

• 3 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

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Patrol Officer<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department is looking to find qualified candidates to fill the ranks of the patrol<br />

division.<br />

The City of Manvel is a rapidly growing and diverse community. The current population is estimated at a<br />

little over 16000 and is located in the northern part of Brazoria County along the State Highway 288<br />

corridor approximately 4 miles South of the City of Houston.<br />

The Manvel Police Department has a competitive pay structure for cities of the same size. Salary is based<br />

on experience and certification levels.<br />

Requirements:<br />

High school diploma or GED<br />

Valid Texas Driver’s License<br />

with good driving record<br />

TCOLE certified OR currently<br />

enrolled in Academy<br />

program<br />

Preference for LE experience<br />

Hiring Process Includes :<br />

Written test<br />

Oral board interview<br />

Physical agility test<br />

Thorough background<br />

investigation<br />

Accelerated Field Training<br />

Program for experienced officers<br />

One year probationary period<br />

Pay and Benefits:<br />

Competitive pay with an employment<br />

improvement step program<br />

TMRS retirement up to 7% with 2:1 match<br />

by city<br />

Retirement vested after 5 years of service<br />

Medical Insurance covered 100% for<br />

employees and 100% paid for employees<br />

and dependent by the city after 3 years<br />

12 hour shifts (DuPont Schedule)<br />

Personal time off - Vacation and Holiday<br />

accruals<br />

Paid sick time<br />

Lateral transfers<br />

For more information you can contact<br />

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POLICE OFFICER<br />

The Memorial Villages Police Department is currently looking for experienced officers who are<br />

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5+ Years Patrol Experience Required<br />

Hiring Bonus $1,500<br />

Night Shift Differential $3,600<br />

E.C.A $1300<br />

Bi-lingual Pay<br />

Education Pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced, Master<br />

Peace Officer Certification Pay<br />

Healthcare, Dental and Vision Insurance<br />

100% paid for employee, 75% for<br />

spouse/dependents.<br />

Paid long-term disability and Life Insurance<br />

for employee, additional life insurance<br />

available for spouse/dependents.<br />

Health Savings Account with Department<br />

contributions up to $4,200 annually.<br />

TMRS Retirement 7% w/ 2:1 match (20 yr).<br />

457 Deferred Compensation Plan with<br />

employer contribution of 2.5% of annual<br />

salary.<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Longevity Pay up to a max of $2,<strong>40</strong>0<br />

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MAKE A<br />

DIFFERENCE<br />

IN YOUR<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

We are looking for outstanding individuals to<br />

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your<br />

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build<br />

partnerships within the community, and positively<br />

impact the quality of life for all our residents.<br />

CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS<br />

• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training<br />

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits<br />

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing<br />

communities within the region. Pearland is located<br />

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston<br />

and the current population is approximately 130,000<br />

residents.<br />

JOIN OUR TEAM<br />

HIRING POLICE OFFICERS AND CADETS<br />

$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police<br />

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.<br />

TEST DATE:<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.<br />

Register by: April 12.<br />

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4141 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77584.<br />

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m. <strong>No</strong> admittance after 7:45 a.m.<br />

Candidates must park in the north parking lot.<br />

SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL APPLY<br />

• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals<br />

• Mandatory temperature checks<br />

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available<br />

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart<br />

For additional information and to register for an upcoming Civil Service Exam, visit<br />

pearlandtx.gov/PDCareers<br />

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STARTING PAY*<br />

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Are you looking for a career with<br />

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community? Join our team at<br />

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REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be 21 years old<br />

• Must have 2+ years of po<br />

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• Must have valid Texas Dr<br />

• Must be a U.S. Citizen<br />

• Must have an honorable<br />

from the military (if applic<br />

• Must never have been co<br />

Class A Misdemeanor or<br />

• <strong>No</strong>t been convicted of a C<br />

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• Must have a GED or high<br />

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BENEFITS:<br />

• Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance<br />

eligible first day of employment<br />

• Wellness Program<br />

(can earn up to $600 credit per year if requirements met)<br />

• Enrollment with Calm App for Wellbeing<br />

• Defined contribution plan (<strong>40</strong>1a)<br />

– Employer Sponsored<br />

• Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan)<br />

– Employee Contributions<br />

• Vacation<br />

• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Holiday 12 days/year<br />

• Life and Accidental Death and<br />

Dismemberment Insurance<br />

• Short Term and Long-Term Disability Benefits<br />

• Flexible spending account (FSA)<br />

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)<br />

• Pet Insurance<br />

• Legal and Identity Theft Protection<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

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reimbursement of $25,000<br />

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Accepting Lateral<br />

Police Officers.<br />

Get paid for your<br />

experience!<br />

CURRENT SALARY<br />

Starting salary is $65,554<br />

Top Out Police Officer salary is $90,861<br />

Lateral Transfer - <strong>May</strong> be eligible for a starting<br />

salary of up to $75,221<br />

UNITS/ DIVISIONS<br />

Containment Team<br />

SWAT<br />

Bike Unit<br />

Community Services<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Criminal Investigations Division<br />

Traffic<br />

Crisis Assistance Team<br />

Crisis Negotiation Team<br />

BENEFITS<br />

TMRS Pension 7/14<br />

Medical Insurance<br />

Dental Insurance<br />

Vision Insurance<br />

10 paid vacation days during<br />

first year & 10 Paid Holidays<br />

Paid Sick<br />

Beards and tattoos are<br />

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Longevity Pay<br />

Long Term Disability<br />

Life Insurance<br />

Dry cleaning<br />

Three department issued<br />

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Join the Waco ISD<br />

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Pay Grade: 310<br />

Days: 207 and 226<br />

Salary: $42,228 to $55,542*<br />

*Depending on workday calendar<br />

and years of experience.<br />

Sign-on Bonus: $5,000<br />

Qualifications:<br />

Education/Certification:<br />

• High School Diploma or GED<br />

• Texas Peace Officer License issued by TCOLE<br />

• Current valid Texas class “C” drivers license<br />

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This Special Memorial Edition of The<br />

<strong>BLUES</strong> is dedicated to the men and<br />

women of law enforcement that lost<br />

their lives in the line of duty in 2023.<br />

We pay tribute to these brave souls that<br />

sacrificed their lives to protect the lives<br />

of the innocent.<br />

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While it’s an honor and a privilege to produce this Special Memorial<br />

Edition honoring those brave heroes who lost their lives<br />

in the line of duty during 2023, I hope and pray that a time will<br />

come when we never have to produce another one. As long as<br />

man has lived on this planet, there has always been those willing<br />

that stand up and protect their fellow human beings. Darius<br />

Quimby was the first known law enforcement officer killed in the Line of Duty in<br />

the U.S. on January 3, 1791. Since that tragic day in New York, more than 25,000<br />

police officers have lost their lives nationwide.<br />

So why do we go to work knowing full well we may not come home at the end of<br />

our shift? Because deep in our hearts we know, someone must hold the line between<br />

good and evil. Someone must protect the innocents from those who would<br />

do them harm. Someone must stand watch over God’s children and protect them<br />

from the evil in this world. And God chose us to be that someone.<br />

Please take the time to look at every single photo in this Memorial Issue.<br />

Remember their names and pray for their families. For they are the true heroes of<br />

this world.<br />

Blessed are the Peacemakers for They Shall be Called the Children of God.<br />

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FROM OUR EDITOR,<br />

Last year, there were 137 Law Enforcement “In the Line of<br />

Duty” deaths reported in the 2023 Law Enforcement Officers<br />

Fatality Report. 137 families, lost a loved one who lost their life<br />

so that we might live.<br />

The problem I’ve always found with numbers is those numbers<br />

are representative of very real people. More specifically, real<br />

CHIEF REX EVANS<br />

people just like me. People with moms, dads, kids, and other<br />

relatives. People who have friends. They were City Cops, County Deputies, even a<br />

Tribal Officer. These men and women all had a life. They all had friends. They had<br />

planned vacations, road trips, dates, plays, musicals and trips to the beach. You<br />

name it, they had it in their future. Plans which were taken from them because<br />

they wore a badge. Just like the rest of us.<br />

While there is a great deal of tragedy to be found in the over-all story of these<br />

men and women, there is even more tragedy to be found in the individual’s personal<br />

story. The kinds of stories that cover things like: they were expecting a newborn<br />

child; or they had just brought their first home. <strong>May</strong>be their first new car or a<br />

new truck. The heartbreaking stories of those that were about to be married and<br />

their wedding day was only a week away.<br />

Through all the tears and heartbreak, I can personally attest to Police Week in<br />

Washington D.C., as a symbol and a semblance of peace. To be surrounded by<br />

fellow officers from all over world is quite comforting. Coupled with the support<br />

of organizations like the Concerns of Police Survivors, there are people and resources<br />

available on hand whereby the specter of grief can be, if only temporarily,<br />

relieved.<br />

As we look forward to 2024 and another year of hopeful reductions in the numbers<br />

of Fallen Officers, we cannot stop looking back at those we’ve lost. For it is<br />

the life, lessons, and dedication to our Duty as Law Enforcement Officers, we are<br />

bound to forever.<br />

In closing, I would highly and with all sincerity, encourage any Law Enforcement<br />

Officer from Chief to the newest Officer, to attend Police Week in Washington D.C.<br />

Visit the Fallen Officers Memorial. The Police Village. Visit the ODMP Museum and<br />

a million other things to do. Above all come be with your Blue Family.<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


CHIEF OF POLICE JUSTIN CLARK MCINTIRE<br />

BRACKENRIDGE BOROUGH POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2023<br />

POLICE OFFICER CARL DOUGLAS KIMBALL<br />

ST. FRANCISVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023<br />

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DEPUTY SHERIFF DARNELL CALHOUN<br />

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023<br />

SUPERVISORY OFFICER<br />

JACQUELINE MONTANARO<br />

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2023<br />

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Gone but not forgotten<br />

HONORING OUR FALLEN OFFICERS,<br />

TODAY AND EVERY DAY.<br />

To the family and friends of fallen officers, we stand beside you<br />

in support and prayer. You are in our hearts—and we remain<br />

grateful for the sacrifices your family has made.<br />

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LIEUTENANT GERALD T. BARBATO<br />

NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE,<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2023<br />

MOUNTED POLICE<br />

OFFICER FRANCIS A. GAYNOR<br />

NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2023<br />

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END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2023<br />

MASTER PATROL OFFICER<br />

CLARENCE L. “CJ” WILLIAMS<br />

CAIRO POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


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SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


POLICE OFFICER<br />

GONZALO CARRASCO, JR.<br />

SELMA POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2023<br />

LIEUTENANT MICHAEL<br />

GEORGE PRETTITORE<br />

NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER SEAN LEONARD SLUGANSKI<br />

MCKEESPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2023<br />

OFFICER ADEED FAYAZ<br />

NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER PETER E. C. JERVING<br />

MILWAUKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2023<br />

OFFICER CHARLES HERRING<br />

PEMBROKE PINES POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


Remembering and honoring our<br />

fallen brothers and sisters who<br />

gave the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

Thank you all for your service,<br />

and keeping your loved ones<br />

in our thoughts and prayers.<br />

The U.S. First Responders Association is a<br />

501(c)(3) nonprofit, professional and social<br />

network for Public Safety Personnel<br />

and the U.S. Armed Forces<br />

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DERA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Disaster Service<br />

and Professional Organization for emergency<br />

management leaders worldwide<br />

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SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER JULIAN BECERRA<br />

FOUNTAIN POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023<br />

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER JAY MILLER<br />

WASHINGTON STATE CORRECTIONS<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


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together we’ll Run to Remember, echoing the mission of The Officer Down<br />

Memorial Page (ODMP) and emphasizing our commitment to honoring the<br />

brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

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national police week 2023 schedule of events<br />

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.<br />

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024<br />

• National Police K9 Memorial Service<br />

• ODMP 5K<br />

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024<br />

• Police Unity Tour Arrival<br />

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024<br />

• Candlelight Vigil<br />

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024<br />

• The 30th Annual Pipeband Memorial March and<br />

Service, Organized by the National Conference of<br />

Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES)<br />

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024<br />

• Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service<br />

• Ambassador Wreath Laying and Stand Watch<br />

for the Fallen<br />

• Ford Giveaway Drawing<br />

MULTI-DAY EVENTS<br />

MAY 9–18, 2024<br />

• National Law Enforcement Museum OPEN<br />

each day from <strong>May</strong> 9-20, 2024<br />

MAY 14–16, 2024<br />

• C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference<br />

and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program<br />

Beyond the events listed here, all are welcome at the Memorial which remains open to the public 24/7. If you are interested in attending the museum, you can get more<br />

information here: nleomf.org/museum/.<br />

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SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER JAMES MUHLBAUER<br />

KANSAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2023<br />

SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER<br />

D. FITZGERALD<br />

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER GEOFFREY REDD<br />

MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2023<br />

OFFICER KENNETH FOWLER<br />

PONTOTOC COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


LIEUTENANT JOHN FRANCIS MCARDLE<br />

NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2023<br />

OFFICER ANDRES M. VASQUEZ LASSO<br />

CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY ASSON HACKER<br />

VANDERBURGH COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2023<br />

MASTER TROOPER JAMES R. BAILEY<br />

INDIANA STATE POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DETECTIVE SERGEANT<br />

MASON GRIFFITH<br />

HERMANN POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2023<br />

LIEUTENANT FREDERICK<br />

CHARLES BOWENS, JR.<br />

DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT,<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SHERIFF JEREMY MCCAIN<br />

OKLAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023<br />

PATROLMAN JOSEPH BARLOW<br />

MCALESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SERGEANT DAVID POIRRIER<br />

BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023<br />

CORPORAL SCOTTY CANEZARO<br />

BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER GARRETT CRUMBY<br />

HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2023<br />

OFFICER TIMOTHY JAMES UNWIN<br />

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DETECTIVE SGT NICHOLAS PEPPER<br />

LAFOURCHE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2023<br />

OFFICER EMILY ANN BREIDENBACH<br />

CHETEK POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER HUNTER TIMOTHY SCHEEL<br />

CAMERON POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2023<br />

SENIOR OFFICER TREVOR ABNEY<br />

NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY JASON STUART JONES<br />

TARRANT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2023<br />

INVESTIGATOR PATRICK J. HOGAN<br />

NEW YORK STATE POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


AGENT ESTEBAN GABRIEL PEÑA<br />

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023<br />

DEPUTY JOSH OWEN<br />

POPE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


CORPORAL JOSEPH JOHNSON<br />

NYSSA POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023<br />

SENIOR INVESTIGATOR<br />

NICHOLAS GEORGEADIS<br />

NEW YORK STATE POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


LIEUTENANT RICHARD WEBER<br />

NEWARK POLICE DIVISION<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2023<br />

CAPTAIN WILLIAM J. GAWRON, SR.<br />

SAYREVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER ARÉANAH M. PRESTON<br />

CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023<br />

DEPUTY KAITIE LEISING<br />

ST. CROIX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER ROBERT SHISLER<br />

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023<br />

DETECTIVE JACOB ARTHUR BEU<br />

RUTHERFORD COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER KIMBERLY SICKAFOOSE<br />

ALABAMA PORT AUTHORITY POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2023<br />

SERGEANT JOSHUA LEE CLOUSE<br />

CAMERON POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY BRETT HARRIS<br />

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023<br />

SERGEANT MICHAEL KUNOVICH<br />

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY CALEB CONLEY<br />

SCOTT COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2023<br />

DEPUTY MARCUS ZEIGLER<br />

HAMILTON COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER HORREN RANDY TYLER<br />

MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2023<br />

CORPORAL SHAWN KEVIN KELLY<br />

DENHAM SPRINGS POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SERGEANT CORY MAYNARD<br />

WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2023<br />

CHIEF OF POLICE ANTHONY RICKERSON<br />

JASPER POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER J. GARROW<br />

NEW YORK STATE POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2023<br />

OFFICER MARK CHRISTOPHER WAGNER, II<br />

WINTERGREEN POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


TROOPER JACQUES F. ROUGEAU, JR.<br />

PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023<br />

SERGEANT SCOTT CHARLES NORCUTT<br />

NEW YORK STATE POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


TROOPER AARON N. SMITH<br />

INDIANA STATE POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2023<br />

OFFICER CARLOS TAYLOR<br />

MONTGOMERY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SERGEANT HEATHER GLENN<br />

TELL CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, JULY 3, 2023<br />

DETECTIVE DELBERTH PHIPPS, JR.<br />

VIRGIN ISLANDS POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY TYEE MICHAEL BROWNE<br />

CRISP COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2023<br />

POLICE OFFICER JESSICA EBBIGHAUSEN<br />

RUTLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY JOHN DURM<br />

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2023<br />

OFFICER JAKE WALLIN<br />

FARGO POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER ANTHONY FERGUSON<br />

ALAMOGORDO POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2023<br />

SERGEANT EDWIN MALDONADO-GARCÍA<br />

PUERTO RICO POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY DAVID BOSECKER<br />

EASTLAND COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2023<br />

SPECIAL AGENT ROBERT C. CASTIONI, JR.<br />

HOMELAND SECURITY/ICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


LIEUTENANT MICHAEL WOOD<br />

NEWBERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2023<br />

DEPUTY ALEJANDRO MARTINEZ<br />

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SERGEANT WILLIAM CHERRY<br />

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2023<br />

DEPUTY MARSHAL BARRY GIGLIO<br />

VILLE PLATTE MARSHAL’S OFFICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SERGEANT PEDRO TORRES-SANTOS<br />

TRUJILLO ALTO POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2023<br />

DEPUTY TIMOTHY J. GUYER<br />

JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER MATTHEW HARE<br />

EASLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2023<br />

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR JOHN “JACK” HESS<br />

FBI<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER JONAH OSWALD<br />

FAIRWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2023<br />

OFFICER BILL SAPOLU<br />

HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


PATROLMAN JAMES M. SIDES<br />

ALAMOGORDO POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2023<br />

SPECIAL AGENT PATRICK BAUER<br />

IRS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER BRYAN HOLLEY<br />

HUDSON ISD POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2023<br />

OFFICER ANTHONY FRANCONE<br />

PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE TRIBAL POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SHERIFF ROBERT DANIEL RODGERS<br />

WILCOX COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2023<br />

DEPUTY MATTHEW PIERSON<br />

SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


CHIEF OF POLICE FRANK HAYES, JR.<br />

GOODLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2023<br />

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS LIAISON<br />

MICHAEL ELAINE GRIFFIN<br />

MISSISSIPPI DPS<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DETECTIVE ROBERT GARTEN<br />

HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2023<br />

DEPUTY II AUSTON SMITH REUDELHUBER<br />

FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER KEVIN M. CRAM<br />

ALGONA POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2023<br />

DEPUTY RYAN CLINKUNBROOMER<br />

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


AIRMAN TRINITY LEEANN REINHART<br />

AIR FORCE SECURITY FORCES<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2023<br />

DEPUTY SHANNON ERIC “SHANE” LANG, SR.<br />

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY MARYLIN ANJANETTE MAYO<br />

ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023<br />

OFFICER DARRIN MCMICHAEL<br />

ARLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER ROBERT JOHN KIRWAN<br />

SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2023<br />

CAPTAIN JOHN ROBERT RANDOLPH, III<br />

RINGLING POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER CHRISTINE GUERIN-SANDOVA<br />

COLORADO DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2023<br />

DEPUTY JACOB ERIC SALRIN<br />

RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER I ROBERT DANFORTH CLARK<br />

GEORGIA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2023<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF TUCKER BLAKELY<br />

KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER CHAD SWANSON<br />

MANHATTAN BEACH POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2023<br />

SERGEANT RICHARD CARRERO MENDEZ<br />

PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


LIEUTENANT MILTON RESENDEZ<br />

SAN BENITO POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2023<br />

OFFICER I KELLY BERNARD ROLANDO<br />

MISSOURI DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SERGEANT JON ARDEN JENSON<br />

FORT WORTH POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2023<br />

SENIOR POLICE OFFICER PHOUKHAM TRAN<br />

DES MOINES POLICE POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DETECTIVE DEPUTY JAMES JARETT MICHAEL OROSZI LETT<br />

BENTON WASHOE POLICE COUNTY DEPARTMENT SHERIFF<br />

END OF OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY NOVEMBER 17, 8, 2022 2023<br />

SENIOR DEPUTY POLICE BRIDGETTE OFFICER LACHELLE JORGE HUNTER PASTORE<br />

AUSTIN SHELBY POLICE COUNTY DEPARTMENT SHERIFF<br />

END OF OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY NOVEMBER 17, 11, 2022 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER III NICHOLAS JOVIAN MOTLEY VELLA<br />

HUNTINGTON TEXAS DEPARTMENT BEACH POLICE OF CRIMINAL DEPT.<br />

JUSTICE END END OF WATCH OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, MONDAY, NOVEMBER FEBRUARY 13, 19, 2023 2022<br />

BORDER LIEUTENANT PATROL JASON AGENT T. FREDDY DUMLAORTIZ<br />

UNITED CUSTOMS STATES AND BORDER DEPT. OF PROTECTION DEFENSE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

TUESDAY, MONDAY, FEBRUARY NOVEMBER 21, 14, 2022 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


CAPTAIN RICHARD LOUIS RUIZ, SR.<br />

NEW JERSEY POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2023<br />

SERGEANT MICHAEL MORAN<br />

CORTEZ POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SERGEANT MICHAEL ABBATE<br />

NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2023<br />

TROOPER ALBERTO FELIX<br />

NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


SERGEANT DEPUTY JAMES JARETT MICHAEL OROSZIRUSS<br />

CHATTANOOGA WASHOE COUNTY POLICE SHERIFF DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY DECEMBER 17, 2, 2023 2022<br />

DEPUTY SERGEANT BRIDGETTE CHRISTOPHER LACHELLE PHILIP HUNTER ROCK<br />

SHELBY NEW YORK COUNTY STATE SHERIFF POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER FEBRUARY 17, 3, 2023 2022<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER NICHOLAS PAUL TRACEY VELLA<br />

HUNTINGTON WALTHAM POLICE BEACH DEPARTMENT<br />

POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY DECEMBER 19, 6, 2022 2023<br />

LIEUTENANT<br />

SERGEANT<br />

JASON<br />

RUSSELL<br />

T. DUMLAO<br />

EARL<br />

UNITED STATES<br />

LAVARL<br />

DEPT.<br />

JONES<br />

OF DEFENSE<br />

PAMLICO<br />

END<br />

COUNTY<br />

OF WATCH<br />

SHERIFF<br />

MONDAY,<br />

END<br />

FEBRUARY<br />

OF WATCH<br />

21, 2022<br />

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


DEPUTY DEPUTY SHERIFF JARETT PAUL OROSZI MARTIN<br />

WASHOE MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY DECEMBER 17, 6, 2022 2023<br />

DEPUTY TROOPER BRIDGETTE ROBERT LACHELLE M. BURNEY HUNTER<br />

SHELBY NEW YORK COUNTY STATE SHERIFF POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY DECEMBER 17, 9, 2023 2022<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


CHIEF OFFICER CHRISTOPHER NICHOLAS BYARD VELLA CUMMINGS<br />

HUNTINGTON SAMBURG POLICE BEACH DEPARTMENT<br />

POLICE DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER FEBRUARY 10, 19, 2023 2022<br />

SERGEANT LIEUTENANT STEPHEN JASON T. DUMLAO GIBSON<br />

UNITED SOMERVELL STATES COUNTY DEPT. OF SHERIFF DEFENSE<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

WEDNESDAY, MONDAY, FEBRUARY DECEMBER 21, 13, 2022 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER DEPUTY DANIEL JARETT P. OROSZI DIDATO<br />

EAST WASHOE FISHKILL COUNTY POLICE SHERIFF DEPARTMENT<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, MONDAY, DECEMBER FEBRUARY 18, 17, 2023 2022<br />

DEPUTY DEPUTY BRIDGETTE JOSHUA LACHELLE HAMILTON HUNTER<br />

SHELBY PREBLE COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, MONDAY, DECEMBER FEBRUARY 18, 17, 2023 2022<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER OFFICER MICHAEL NICHOLAS CAIN MAXHEIMER VELLA<br />

SHANNON HUNTINGTON HILLS BEACH POLICE POLICE DEPARTMENT DEPT.<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, TUESDAY, DECEMBER FEBRUARY 19, 2022 2023<br />

LIEUTENANT OFFICER ROBERT JASON T. J. DUMLAO SILVER<br />

UNITED ST. CLAIR STATES COUNTY DEPT. DISTRICT OF DEFENSE COURT<br />

END OF OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, MONDAY, FEBRUARY DECEMBER 21, 28, 2022 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


POLICE DEPUTY OFFICER JARETT TUAN OROSZI LE<br />

OAKLAND WASHOE POLICE COUNTY DEPARTMENT SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, DECEMBER FEBRUARY 29, 17, 2023 2022<br />

DEPUTY SERGEANT BRIDGETTE MARC ANDREW LACHELLE MCINTYRE HUNTER<br />

SPALDING SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF<br />

END OF WATCH<br />

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, DECEMBER FEBRUARY 29, 17, 2023 2022<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


OFFICER SERGEANT NICHOLAS PHILIP DALE VELLA NIX<br />

HUNTINGTON GREENSBORO BEACH POLICE POLICE DEPARTMENT DEPT.<br />

END OF OF WATCH<br />

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY DECEMBER 19, 30, 2022 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


HONORING<br />

OUR FALLEN<br />

K9 OFFICERS<br />

K9 GRAFFIT<br />

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF, COLORADO<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2023<br />

K9 LENIN<br />

BAYTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT, TEXAS<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023<br />

K9 RUDY<br />

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF, CALIFORNIA<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023<br />

K9 HUDSON<br />

KANE COUNTY SHERIFF, ILLINOIS<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2023<br />

K9 ARON<br />

HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT, TEXAS<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION<br />

K9 HARRIE<br />

SHREVEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT, LOUISIANA<br />

END OF WATCH SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2023<br />

K9 KUNO<br />

FOREST HEIGHTS POLICE, MARYLAND<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2023


K9 CHAMP<br />

KANSAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, MISSOURI<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2023<br />

K9 FREDY<br />

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2023<br />

K9 DUKE<br />

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SHERIFF, CALIFORNIA<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2023<br />

K9 SANTOS<br />

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF, NORTH CAROLINA<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2023<br />

K9 BARRETT<br />

MONTVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, CONNECTICUT<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2023<br />

K9 CHASE<br />

COBB COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT, GEORGIA<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2023<br />

K9 FALCO<br />

GARY POLICE DEPARTMENT, INDIANA<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2023<br />

K9 SIR<br />

SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2023<br />

K9 WARO<br />

CLAYTON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT, GEORGIA<br />

END OF WATCH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION


K9 RICO<br />

SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT, SC<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2023<br />

K9 DEEBO<br />

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF. GEORGIA<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2023<br />

K9 FREDY<br />

ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF, FLORIDA<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2023<br />

K9 RIO<br />

GEORGIA DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, GA.<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2023<br />

K9 KENZO<br />

PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF, ARIZONA<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2023<br />

K9 FURY<br />

FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, OHIO<br />

END OF WATCH SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2023<br />

K9 BANE<br />

SEDGWICK COUNTY SHERIFF, KANSAS<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2023<br />

SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION<br />

K9 MAX<br />

SOUTH FULTON POLICE DEPARTMENT, GEORGIA<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2023<br />

K9 BROKO<br />

CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE, CONNECTICUT<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2023


SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION